Less “in-your-face” than my last bottle. Strawberry and tomato leaf on the nose. The palate on this bottle seems to be less evolved than the last—fruit is there, but so are the tannins. This particular bottle probably could have benefitted from some time in the cellar. This is very serious Beaujolais and has now become a wine/producer I will look forward to seeking out each year. — 10 days ago
I've been dying to try this domaine after all the positive chatter on IG, and I'm happy to report that it lived up to it. At the recommendation of AC at Blackhearts and Sparrows, I opted for their 17' village instead of their cru cuvees. Apparently, the latter are rather jammy this vintage 🤮 Don't you just love it when your favourite wine shop knows your taste well.
This Beaujolais-Villages was bright and complex. Red-fruited, spicy, black tea elements, with a granitic minerality, and fine acidity. There's some serious structure here, but it's so easy to drink.
NB: Domaine Chapel's Beaujolais-Villages is made from vines in Lantignié, next to Régnié and high up in the hills. The village is considered by many to be equal to or even better than some of the crus in the region (apparently, a prime candidate for the next cru Beaujolais). Good to learn! — 20 days ago
Nice nose. Plummy. Spice, cherries, some hints of mushroom. Nice. Palate is rich and ripe with good concentration and purity. Great precision as well. Last bottle was pretty meh. Loads of spice on the finish. Really balanced and shows a great side of 2009. — 11 days ago
Superb nose with cherry, hay, some iron and pepper. Almost foillardesque. The palate is very well balanced with some sheer acid backbone qnf some fruit all around. A good grip, some tannins, some meet juice and a salty touch in the rear. A bright cherry enlightens the finish too. Good food wine. When in Lyon have Beaujolais! — 17 days ago