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Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz
Domaines Dominique Piron
France - Burgundy - Beaujolais - Chenas AOC   

The Chenas Cru is the smallest Beaujolais Cru, not bigger than Côte Rôtie. This is a rare wine. The estate's unique parcel spreads over 22.2 acres of vines on a very steep slope facing East, situated between 310 and 380 meters above sea level. Granitic soils are covered with Quartz crystals and give the wine its own personality.

The vineyard is co-owned by Domnique Piron and Christian Lameloise, whose family owned Lameloise restaurant in Burgundy (3*** Michelin). Decanter classified the wine in the 3 best best bottles of Crus Beaujolais in 2015 (vintage 2013).

VINTAGE 2015
This is a marvelous and great vintage in Beaujolais, particularly for the red wines. The maturation of the grapes was perfect, with sunny and very hot summer and no diseases on the grapes. Tannins have rarely been so smooth and mature; people compare this vintage with the classic 1947 vintage. But as usual, the best terroirs show a very high complexity and minerality, with more freshness than hot vintages like 2003 or even 2009. Exceptional vintage which will last for decades, for sure!

A mineral, balanced and complex wine with aromas of lilac, cherry, peony and peach. Floral flavors are followed by elegant, round and dense tannins. The mouth finishes tense with almost salty nuances.

Specifications
Appellation
Beaujolais - Chenas AOC
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Gamay
Age of vines
60+ years
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
granite covered with quartz crystals
Vinification
Hand harvest, sorting table, part destemming. A first short stage of semi carbonic maceration is followed by a more classic Burgundy maceration with remontage and pigeages, for a total of 18-20 days. 30% of the wine is aged in French oak foundre and oak barrels (no new oak) for 12 months.
Production
1,800 cases (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Pairs well with complex dishes, meats, leaver, and why not a little pigeon with peas and diced bacon.

Reviews and News

2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 93 PTS - JS

2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 93 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Beautifully attractive violets and red flowers here, carrying a very fresh impression, as well as an exciting and vibrant yet elegant finish. Exceptionally pure and focused. Drink or hold."

- James Suckling (February 2019), 93 pts

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2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 92 PTS - WE

2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"This is a rich, full wine, given structure both by wood aging and fruit tannins. Weight, density and good acidity are coming together in an harmonious whole. From 60-year-old vines, it will be ready from late 2018. - Roger VOSS"

- Wine Enthusiast (March 1st 2018), 92 pts

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2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 90 PTS - WS

2016 Dominique Piron Beaujolais Chenas Quartz - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Beautifully attractive violets and red flowers here, carrying a very fresh impression, as well as an exciting and vibrant yet elegant finish. Exceptionally pure and focused. Drink or hold.Macerated cherry and raspberry tea flavors are accented by licorice, mineral and white pepper details in this light-bodied red, with solid, inte-grated acidity that accentuates the incense and herb notes on the finish. Drink now through 2023. - Gillian Sciaretta"

- Wine Spectator (November 30th 2019), 90 pts

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