- 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).
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.
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