Chénas - Chénas 2013 - 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 was cold, particularly towards the end of February. The entire season was marked by a deficit of sunlight, and temperatures only began to rise in mid-April, leading to a homogenous budbreak around the 20th of the month. This budbreak is, therefore, somewhat later than usual. The end of April saw a return of cold, rainy weather. These cold, rainy conditions persisted throughout May. Temperatures were, on average, 7°C lower than average, while rainfall was double the average. Such unfavourable conditions tested the vines to the extreme. Growers had to work hard each day to ensure that they were protected against fungal disease and weather damage. A small temperature spike in June allowed flowering to take place around the 20th of the month, then cool conditions returned. This was a very challenging flowering; poor fruit set and shot berries presaged low yields at harvest. July saw a return to more normal weather conditions, and even some lovely sunny periods. However, heavy thunderstorms on the 28th put an end to any feelings of optimism growers may have had. A veritable tornado tore through the Clos de Loyse, damaging most of the vines. Higher than average levels of sunshine in August helped the ripening process along, ensuring a healthy - albeit small - harvest. Picking began later than any year since 1984. At the Château des Jacques, the first cut of the secateurs took place on Monday 23 September.


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