Chénas - Chénas 2005 - 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 was cold and dry, with frequent frosts. Early spring was not promising, with heavier rainfalls than the average over the course of the past 30 years. Nevertheless, the temperatures were gentle enough to promote budbreak. Temperatures climbed dramatically towards the end of Mai, and June was sunny and hot, with temperatures averaging 3ºC above the norm. July continued in the same vein, with veraison kicking off towards the end of the month. The same month saw a virtual drought, with rainfall of 20% compared to the average. However, the summer temperatures of 2005 were more moderate than those of 2003. By September, temperatures were 2.5ºC above average, but the night temperatures remained cool. This heat, in combination with the lack of rainfall, favoured the ripening of perfectly healthy grapes, and this has resulted in an exceptional vintage, judged by many to be the best for many decades. Harvest began on 13 September.


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