Chénas - Chénas 2011 - 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

Early budbreak and vigorous vegetative growth brought on by warm, sunny weather. A rainy, cold July slowed growth and replenished reserves of water. A few rain showers around the 20th of August were followed by a September marked by sunny days and cool nights, which created the ideal conditions for the bunches to ripen fully, concentrating both acidity and flavours. Picking began on the 27th of August with the earliest-ripening parcels, and the grapes were both balanced and high in anthocyanins. The subsequent har vest took place under sunny skies and at moderate temperatures. The bunches were extremely healthy, and vinification progressed smoothly. The wines are rich and generous, without any harsh angles, and already show great depth. Rich fr uit is balanced by silky, fine-gained tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a vibrant, dynamic wine. 2011 is a vintage that will age beautifully, although its generosity and charm will permit these wines to be enjoyed in their youth.


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