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Chateau de Javernand Chiroubles Indigene 2020

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Winemaker Notes

The sulphite-free vinification, using indigenous yeasts, gives this complex Chiroubles, ample in the mouth, without forgetting the essential: pleasure.

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James Suckling
Quite a complex Chiroubles with plenty of herbal and earthy nuances alongside the black cherry fruit. Lovely interplay of concentrated fruit and gentle tannins through the elegant palate. Silky finish.
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Chateau de Javernand

Chateau de Javernand

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Chateau de Javernand, France
Founded in 1917, Chateau de Javernand consists of a beautiful 18th century Château and almost 50 hectares of vines, located in the heights of Chiroubles, offering a wonderful view of the Saône valley. Arthur Fourneau and his good friend, Pierre Prost, produce benchmark Chiroubles from top quality vineyards, planted on poor, sandy, granite slopes, situated on what is arguably this cru's finest terroir. Arthur's great grandfather, Auguste Faye, a wine merchant from Macon, bought Javernand in 1917, after visiting and falling in love with the Château and the surrounding property. Arthur, the fifth generation, and Pierre were both sons of winemakers who met in engineering school in Lyon. They became fast friends and Pierre wound up marrying Arthur’s cousin, Mathilde, and joined the estate in 2011. They now produce four cuvees of Chrioubles and one white Macon 6.5 ha of vines currently in organic conversion and agro-ecology (planting trees). The entire property consists of another 20 ha of woods and 15 ha of fields. Chiroubles, the highest altitude of all the Beaujolais crus, produces some of the lightest yet most refreshing wines in Beaujolais. The poor, sandy, granitic soils are very similar to neighboring Fleurie yet the higher elevation has historically produced wines that are leaner in style. Recent vintages have produced wines with more depth whilst maintaining their freshness. Javernand’s are no exception, with ripe, intense aromas medium-rich textures, and elegant finishes.
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The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

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