CHIROUBLES JULIEN CHANTREAU, CRU BEAUJOLAIS
The Wine Story
Julien Chantreau assumed the family domain in 2009. This small domain is situated on granite with a southeast orientation on the heights. It is on a very steep slope over the village of Chiroubles. Chantreau also produces Morgon and Chenas in separate locations. Morgon, Chenas, and Chiroubles are three of the ten crus of Beaujolais, as every little village here wants to keep its own appellation.
It is important to note that the crus are much better than generic Beaujolais. They are also quite different from Beaujolais Nouveau – which the Japanese use to bathe in December.
The harvest is done by hand and whole grapes are fermented in vats. The average age of the vines is about 50 years resulting in a wine that is strong for a Beaujolais. The estate is engaged in HEV or high environmental value techniques in order to have a responsible work environment.
This fruity wine will pair well with chicken, creamy cheese, roasted pork with apples, tapas and chocolate recipes.
Traveling down the Rhone Valley from Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea, there are several great wine regions – Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, and finally Languedoc and Provence. They are all different in their varieties and winemaking traditions. Beaujolais is pure Gamay, so it is light and easy to drink. It is a favorite in the little bistros of Lyons, called les Bouchons.
Ripe red berries, very fresh.
Good balance between sweetness and acidity. Hints of berries, violet and spices.