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Beaujolais-Villages Domaine Chapel 2019

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Country
france
Region
macon
Type
RED
Producer
SMITH-CHAPEL
Grape
gamay
Vintage
2019
Alcohol
13%

Tasting Notes

This is full Beaujolais – nothing weedy about this wine! It’s complex for Beaujolais, like Lapierre and Breton, with floaty fruit, produced from two parcels of vines planted in the pink granitic soils of the village of Lantigné, an area that is unofficially known as the 11th cru of Beaujolais. It has the innate lightness of the grape, but a real density of flavour and backbone to the wine too. Elegant, silky and generous on the red fruits, it combines the drinkability of good Beaujolais and the complexity of good village Burgundy. Amongst the cherry, macerated strawberry and cranberry fruit, there’s a herbaceous, almost slightly savoury touch on the palate, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and baking spice on the finish.

More Info

I first drank the wine of David Chapel three years ago in a restaurant in Tournon. David was mentored by the late Marcel Lapierre, a giant of Beaujolais. Lapierre, along with our friend Guy Breton, whose wines we import, and also helps Chapel, have carried the torch for natural winemaking in Beaujolais, and preserved its beauty, by using only natural yeasts from the grapes to ferment their wine, and very low level of sulphur.  David’s wines, that he now makes with his partner Michele Smith, are wonderfully generous and expressive. They are living wines, whose soul has not be compromised.

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