Chénas - Chénas 2004 - Wine

Location

Beaujolais

Appellation

Chenas "En Papolet"

Color

Red

Vintage

Gamay

Features

The ‘En Papolet' parcel is situated on a vein of quartz, which lends a profound streak of minerality to the wines, as well as tautness and precision.

Vinification

Once the grapes are de-stemmed, indigenous yeasts are used throughout the fermentation period. A maceration period of three or four weeks ensures that extraction is both gentle and complete.

Maturing and bottling

Our Chenas is matured for 11 months in oak barrels stored in our cellar. The wine is then racked of its lees, filtered gently, then bottled towards the end of summer.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

Taut and precise, this wine is an admirable match for a number of dishes, from red meats and game to cheese and charcuterie.

Conservation

Depending on the vintage, this wine needs between one and three years to reach its peak, and can then age comfortably for several decades.

The Vintage

After a prolonged winter, spring was cool and rainy. The cold weather threatened the annual vineyard cycle right up until the start of May. From that point onwards until the start of July, conditions for healthy vine growth were propitious: heat spikes helped to bring on vegetative growth, resulting in a slightly early flowering than usual and leading growers to expect generous yields. The weather during August - moderate sunshine, high degrees of diurnal temperature fluctuations and regular rainfall - led to poor fruit set, thereby curbing yields naturally. Sadly, these conditions also disturbed the ripening process. The harvest started on 18 September. The upshot is that 2004 is a classic vintage in terms of its early ripening, although yields were still relatively high. Quality was determined by the amount of work done to curb the vines' vigour and yield in order to avoid harvesting under-ripe grapes that would create dilute wines. This is a vintage with plenty of fruit and freshness, but perhaps not one for the long haul.


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