Mon amour ❤️ More powerful than the Cote de Brouilly, deeper and certainly more structure. This falls perfectly in the category of "power without weight".
Fruit profile's similar to the Cote de Brouilly - a mix of red and black fruits, with a little more weight and richness. A step up in spiciness and savouriness. Clear licorice, pepper, rhubarb, and beetroot notes. Some floral elements thrown in the mix. There's a super energetic acidity and stoniness. Long, smoky finish. Could drink a lot of this now, but cellaring would benefit it heaps.
From 60 years-old vines. Warmer site than the Cote de Brouilly. Organic, vinification semi-carbonic in concrete tanks without sulfur. Corne Verte - a blend of yellow and pink granite, clay, and diorite found only in Odenas. Elevage for 11 months in used foudres and barrels. Annual production of 3,000 bottles. — 12 days ago
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
One of my favourite young producers in Beaujolais. First tasted at AT in Paris and I scrambled to call my importer friend to work with Pierre. So glad I did - now it's ever simpler to get bottles 😜
Fine detailed, fresh, complex. Bright blackberry and red cherry fruit, set against a backdrop of meat and spice. There's a really elegant granitic element here. It's so good, but the single vineyard Les Grilles just a step up in depth and concentration. — 12 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