Chénas - Chénas 2006 - 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

The cold start to spring, which lasted until Mai, delayed budbreak, but the high temperatures that followed brought flowering forwards; some flowers were even burned by the extreme heat. July was particularly hot and sunny but, unlike in 2003, nights were cool. Unfortunately, August was both cold and rainy, threatening the health of the bunches. September didn't start off well, but came good with the return of enough sunshine to dry the berries. Picking began on 13 September. Although the wines of 2006 will never achieve the greatness of the 2005s, they are pretty wines with good concentration, showing great balance of alcohol, acidity and tannin.


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