Christophe Lapierre Chenas 2017Domaine de Chênepierre
100% Gamay. If you LOVE beaujolais wines like we do, one reality is that they can vary by region (there are 10!) and by vintage. Some years are not so good, and others outstanding. We like to concentrate on Brouilly, Morgon, Moulin a Vent, et Chenas. On a hot summer day, these rich, floral extremely flavorful wines are a simply delight and make any picnic a feast. The Chenas from Christophe Lapierre a perfect example of beaujolais done right – and 2017 was an outstanding year. Ruby red with lovely purple-blue tints. This wine has a “warm” personality that includes fruit and spicy aromas. The palate is full and fleshy, with a great structure. The price couldn’t be more friendly. The wine is vinified 11 days at a controlled temperature (77-86°F), to give more structure and complexity. Maturing between 5 and 10 months in old oak casks.
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Christophe Lapierre farms 10.7 hectares split between plots in Chénas and Moulin-à-Vent using very traditional winemaking practices. Christophe might not come across with the “flashiness” of some of his other young peers in the region, but he makes up for that in spades in what are some of the most charming and authentic Beaujolais wines that you’ll drink.