Chénas - Chénas 2008 - 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

Budbreak happened relatively late, around the 20th of April on average. The weather that spring was particularly unstable, with heavy rainfall but average temperatures. These conditions are particularly conducive to the establishment of fungal diseases, and the damp, dull summer that ensued meant that the vineyards had to be carefully monitored. Luckily, the weather improved dramatically as harvest season approached: September brought ideal conditions in the form of a drying north wind and plenty of sunshine to finish off the ripening process. Harvest kicked off on 18 September and took place under sunny skies. Although vegetative growth was delayed in 2008, the wines themselves are of good quality, with relatively high levels of acidity demanding some cellaring time before the wines flesh out and reveal themselves in their full glory.


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