Domaine Chasselay- 2015
Morgon is the Beaujolais cru that perhaps commands the greatest respect with the wines being made here amongst the longest-lived in all of Beaujolais. As this wine shows, what gives these wines this life is their structure and complexity and whilst this is an elegant wine you won't struggle to see the layers of fruit, minerality, herb and light spice that express themselves so nicely here.
Drinking beautifully now but it will also age gracefully too.
92 Points Neal Martin, 'The 2013 Morgon has an engaging bouquet with mulberry, raspberry and tertiary scents that are very well-defined, some mulchy aromas with aeration to lend it a very 'natural' air. The palate is well-balanced, refined and sensual, the acidity judicious and lending vibrancy and tension. There is good structure here, yet there is something almost nonchalant on the finish. Excellent. Drink now-2022.' 92 Points, Neal Martin in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, June 2014.
'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 The 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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