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The Quenching Beauty of Domaine Chignard Cru Beaujolais

Domaine Chignard “Les Moriers” (Fleurie 2015) Red
Special Price: $132/6-pack ($22/bottle)

The beauty of quality Cru Beaujolais has always resided somewhere in the first few sips from a freshly poured glass, when with rosy cheeks and twinkling eyes one recognizes the pure joyous energy of well made wine from this historic region. It’s laughter and revelry in a bottle.

With a wonderful floral bouquet befitting it’s appellation name of Fleurie, 2015 Domaine Chignard “Les Moriers” is nearly everything you want in a bottle of Cru Beaujolais. Medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit and a harmonious structure it is somehow simultaneously uncomplicated and consequential.

Fourth-generation vigneron Michel Chignard has always made benchmark Fleurie wines from his 19 acre parcel of naturally low-yielding 60+ year-old Gamay vines in the lieu-dit of Les Moriers, a steep vineyard that penetrates into the Moulin-à-Vent zone. It is said this vineyard can produce wines that are like a marriage of the two – the floral and feminine aspects of Fleurie, coupled with the depth and pungency of Moulin-à-Vent.

Today, it is Michel’s son Cédric Chignard that manages the domaine, carrying on his father’s philosophy of passionate perfectionism. Indeed, with a mere 3,000 cases of annual production, it is a matter of focus on traditional vineyard management and winemaking. Take good care of these old-vine root systems that run very deep, accessing minerals from the granite subsoil, and be rewarded with a wine of terroir and great freshness.

All grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, vinification is natural, in keeping with the local tradition, including whole cluster fermentation that takes place in stainless steel and cement cuves. The wine is aged in old foudres for 13 months before being bottle unfined and unfiltered. This is an ideal wine to stock up and drink through the holidays and into next year.

And if you’re looking for party-sized bottles, we have a limited amounted of Chignard “Les Moriers” in 1.5 liter magnums.

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Posted on 2016.11.02 in Beaujolais, France, Saturday Sips

 

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