Chénas - Chénas 2014 - 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

Winter 2013-2014 was particularly mild and rainy. With only four frosts over the course of the season and temperatures averaging 1°C higher than normal, this was the thirdmildest winter since 1900. As a result, the first signs of rising sap were seen around the start of March, and the first budbreak took place mid-month. In fact, 2014's budbreak was one of the earliest ever seen - comparable with the notably early budbreaks of 2007 and 2011 - taking place, as it did, three weeks ahead of the average set over the course of the past 30 years. The arrival of spring saw little change, with temperatures regularly registering 1-2°C above average for the season. These summerlike temperatures were accompanied by a significant drought, which held until the start of June. Under these conditions, the vines grew rapidly, although the pace slowed somewhat during May, when temperatures cooled somewhat. The return of higher temperatures towards the end of May sparked the vines' flowering, which unfolded in ideal climatic circumstances. Vintage 2014 On 28 June, part of Burgundy was struck - once again - by a hailstorm. Even though Beaujolais was spared, this event seemed to mark the end of an idyllic spring. The summer that followed was quasi-autumnal in nature: July and August were notable for their cool, rainy weather. This slowed the ripening process down, bringing it back on schedule. Luckily, the return of a settled period of warmer weather towards the end of August and continuing on throughout September allowed the vines to resist disease pressure and the grapes to ripen evenly, both in terms of the balance of sugars and acidity and in terms of polyphenolic ripeness. As a result, harvest, which began on 13 September and finished on the 27th of that month, took place in ideal conditions. The white wines - made from Chardonnay - are both fresh and elegant, while Gamays are smooth, with silky tannins. The 2014 vintage unfolded in a similar manner to the 2007 and 2011 growing seasons, with a summery springtime and an autumnal summer. 2014 is, therefore, a paradoxical vintage, and one that has avoided the curse of vintages ending in '4'. It is absolute proof, if proof were needed, of the old adage that 'août fait le moût et septembre le vin' (August ripens the must, and September ripens the wine).


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