A fresh and fruity red which exhibits aromas of iris flowers, violets and with notes of red berries and blackcurrants. A fantastic amount of flavour and character, vive le gamay!
'This family-run domaine dates back to 1462 and the experience is clearly displayed in the vivid expression of the thin-skinned Gamay grape: freshly picked sour cherries, blackberries, blueberries and violets. Naturally high in acidity, with light tannins and only 12% alcohol, this red matches a host of different meats, cheeses and even grilled fish.' Nuria Stylianou - Evening Standard January 2017 (2014 vintage)
'Many of the red wines of Beaujolais have the vivid, finger-staining colour and the mix of sweetness and tartness that you'd find in a bucket of just-picked blackberries. I'm thinking of wines like... the perfumed and vivid, natural-feeling Domaine Chasselay Fleurie, Beaujolais 2014' David Williams, The Guardian, September 2015
'I was very impressed by the wines from this family, who can trace their roots in the region back to 1464. Today, Claire and Fabien Chasselay run the 11.5-hectare domaine of owned and rented vineyards, joining their parents in 2008. They make extremely fine wines brimming over with finesse and detail, their prudent approach in the winery allowing their old vine material to shine. The vines here are treated organically (certified in 2006), and having trained in Burgundy, Fabien de-stems part of his crop depending to the vintage.' Neal Martin in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2014
Domaine Chasselay comprises 13 hectares of vineyards and is located in Châtillon d'Azergues, with focus on Côte de Brouilly and Brouilly. In recent years, the estate also makes wines with fruit that is sourced from further parcels of vines in Morgon, Fleurie, Chénas and Moulin à Vent. The Chasselay family have been vignerons here since 1464! Working alongside their parents, Jean-Gilles and Christiane, son and daughter Fabien and Claire continue the family tradition of striving for ultimate quality and authenticity in their wines alongside a commitment to respect the environment in all that they do. Zero weeding and zero synthetic chemical products: that is how they nuture their vines and make their wines, all in full compliance with Ecocert specifications of Organic Agriculture (AB), since 2006. The estate maintains hedgerows and borders of wild flowers in their vineyards. It is the family's way of promoting biodiversity, combating erosion and preserving wildlife. They also pay particular attention to the lunar calendar, the seasons and the weather forecast in order to work the land and the wines in respect of their biological rhythms. Mechanical or manual, plowing helps regulate natural grassing. Fabien encorages plants to grow (clover, chickweed, veronica, bluegrass, bindweed etc.) as they reduce the risk of disease and erosion. All wines are matured in oak barrels or larger wooden tanks/vats for six to eight months. All grapes are vinified with indigenous yeasts but without the addition of sulphites, with only a small dose being added at bottling. Fabien did part of his training at Domaine Bruno Clavelier in Vosne-Romanée, and he came to favour a high degree of de-stemming rather than doing Beaujolais’ traditional, 100% whole cluster fermentations. The result of all of this is Beaujolais of unusual succulence.