Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois Chiroubles 2009
Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Chiroubles is an elegant, tender wine that is really enjoyable young to make the most of its charming aromas and flavours. But you can also wait for 2 to 3 years to make the most of its maturity, which often makes it more complex.
Serve with: Poultry, Bresse capon, charcuterie, terrine etc.
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Youthfully primary aromas of red and dark berries are complicated by notes of candied licorice, black tea and rose oil. Spicy, incisive raspberry and cherry flavors give way to darker fruits in the middle palate and show very good clarity. Turns spicier on the finish, leaving behind a floral pastille note. This is delicious now but is balanced to age."
Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois Winery
We are Chantal and Éric COUDERT-APPERT
Chantal (born in 1967) started in 1991 taking over from her father Michel after degree in vines and wine at the Beaune school of wine, Eric (born in 1964) used to be a carpenter but returned to the estate on the retirement of his father-in-law, after having done adult training at the Macon-Davayé wine school in 1997. Both our families come from a vinegrowing and winemaking background and our estate has belonged to the Appert family for over a century.
We do all the work ourselves, following the wine through from pruning the vines to the glass. Work we carry out through the year includes all the work on the land as well, of course, as crafting the wine itself. The passion we have for our chosen profession finds its roots in this: to see our product evolve stage by stage. Over the years we have grown to know the faces of our plots and their needs as you would a loved one. Never forgetting that mother nature always has the last word. View all Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois Wines
Upon hearing Beaujolais, many think of the large celebration for wine that comes out the 3rd week of November, that year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. But the region of Beaujolais, situated at the bottom of the Burgundy AC, is more than just the nouveau. Some Beaujolais wines can be kept (gasp!) for up to 10 years! Those are usually the Cru Beaujolais and are much lower in production than the drink-it-now.
Even though Beaujolais is technically part of Burgundy, its climate, soil, grape varieties and winemaking methods make it completely separate in character. The primary grape of Beaujolais is Gamay, a very thin-skinned, light bodied grape that does particularly well in Beaujolais. It also does particularly well with the method of winemaking in Beaujolais – Carbonic Maceration. Carbonic maceration is anaerobic fermentation – meaning the fermentation takes place INSIDE the berry. How does this happen? Whole grape clusters are carefully put into a tank, given carbon dioxide and sealed to prevent contact with oxygen. Then a chemical process occurs inside the grape, turning sugars in to ethanol, aka alcohol. The process allows the fermenting juice to extract the color of the skins and the fruitiness of the grape without the harsh tannins of the skins. Not all Beaujolais use this method, but almost every Beaujolais Nouveau does. The result is a very fruity wine with fresh berry favors and super-light tannins and body.
The ACs of Beaujolais
Over half of the production of Beaujolais is under the Beaujolais AC. The second level is Beaujolais-Village, and the final is Beaujolais Crus, of which there are ten. Beaujolais Villages AC is a bit better quality than the first level, and the ten Crus are even higher quality. Most Cru Beaujolais AC wines use regular fermentation rather than carbonic, and some even let their wines age a bit in oak. In fact, after a few years in oak and bottle, a good vintage of Beaujolais can be mistaken for a Burgundy! But this is the exception to the rule - the majority of Beaujolais should be drunk within the first 2 years. In a good vintage a few of the cru wines may hold up for more, but Beaujolais is known for being fruity, light and easy drinking for right now. Serve a bit cool and enjoy without thought.
The 10 Cru Beaujolais to look for: Morgon, St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Côte-du-Brouilly, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Regnié.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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