2016 Domaine Dominique Piron Chenas Quartz

Year: 2016
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$16.95

"Brilliant violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berry and cherry aromas, along with hints of candied violet and baking spices. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors underscored by a smoky mineral element. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on the tenacious finish, which shows excellent clarity and leaves behind sappy red fruit and white pepper notes." (VM)

"Beautifully attractive violets and red flowers here, carrying a very fresh impression, as well as an exciting and vibrant yet elegant finish. Exceptionally pure and focused. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The Chenas Cru is the smallest Beaujolais Cru, not bigger than Côte Rôtie. This is a rare wine. The estate's unique parcel spreads over 22.2 acres of vines on a very steep slope facing East, situated between 310 and 380 meters above sea level. Granitic soils are covered with Quartz crystals and give the wine its own personality.

The vineyard is co-owned by Domnique Piron and Christian Lameloise, whose family owned Lameloise restaurant in Burgundy (3*** Michelin).