Chénas - Chénas 2007 - 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 very hot, sunny April, which brought the leaves out three weeks earlier than average, May through to the third week in August proved relatively tricky due to cold weather and plenty of showers. July, in particular, had some of the highest rainfall seen in this month over the course of the past 30 years. Fortunately, during the last fortnight of August and the month of September, the vineyards benefitted from cool nights alternating with sunny days and moderate temperatures. These conditions, and the complete lack of rainfall during the course of those six weeks, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, developing the polyphenols and anthocyanins that give the wines its typical colour, aromas and structure. Harvest began on 28 August. Although 2007 cannot be described as being an exceptional vintage, it has produced some lovely wines with great poise and ripeness.


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