Chenas Vieilles Vignes
The calm and modesty shown by Pascal are in perfect harmony with the decor that surrounds his isolated estate. Even though he doesn't come from generations of vignerons, he managed, in relatively short time, to establish himself as one of the top producers in Chenas. He started his estate with only 4 acres of old gamay vines in Chenas which has now be extended to 10 hectares spreading over the appellations of Chenas, Fleurie and Juliénas.
Thanks to the estate isolation, Pascal can peacefully apply his organic approach to his vines without potential interference from the neighbors. All the vineyard work is done by hand, in respect of the surrounding biodiversity. Winemaking is traditional with use of concrete vats and long maceration.
Chenas is the smallest of all the Crus of Beaujolais. 100% Gamay from un-trellised vines between 40 and over 110 years old with steep southern exposure in pink, red granite, quartz soils, the subsoil is manganese-rich. Vines are planted at 300 meters elevation. Yield is 40hl/ha. Hand harvested. Whole cluster maceration for 20 days. 12-14 day fermentation in concrete vats using indigenous yeasts. Spends a few months on lees after malolactic. Aged 8 months in neutral oak barrels. Light filtration before bottling, no fining.
Opaque ruby. Assertive dark berry, spicecake and pungent floral scents are complemented by deeper suggestions of licorice and musky earth. Smooth and deeply concentrated, offering mineral-laced bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that flesh out and pick up a spicy nuance with aeration. Velvety tannins add gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with strong, dark-fruit-driven tenacity.