Domaine Chasselay- 2016
We are delighted to have this more 'entry level' Beaujolais from the Chasselay family to complement their Cru wines from Fleurie and Morgon. Vibrant and vivid in colour and flavour, it's everything that young unoaked Gamay should be, with super soft berried fruits and gently earthy overtones.
88 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 'The 2015 Beaujolais les Quatre Saisons has a focused, vivid bouquet with blueberry and cassis aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is well balanced with succulent red and black fruit, well integrated tannin and a tender, comely finish that caresses the mouth. This is another delicious wine from Chasselay that comes highly recommended at this price' Neal Martin, September 2016 (2015 vintage)
88 Points - Tom Cannavan, 'OK, it's not the most profound wine of this tasting, but it was absolutely one of my favourites for sheer drinking pleasure. Organically certified Gamay with just 12% alcohol, it is quintessential stuff, with explosive aromas of cherries and red liquorice, sappy young woodland, pepper and a touch of smokiness. In the mouth it is bursting with youthful energy, that crunching red berry fruit, little toughening edge of meaty tannin, and lovely acidity to run alongside the fruit and perfume. I'd happily sip this with roast chicken, turkey, duck or goose.' Wine-Pages.com, November 2015 (2014 vintage)
'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.
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