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A splendid example of a Chénas which always benefits from a bit of time in the bottle. Rich and juicy.

Features Unoaked, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
  • Alpine Wines Varieties: Gamay
Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Chenas 2018 75cl cl
Chénas 2016 75cl cl
Chénas 2010 75cl cl

2009: A deep red, with a fruity nose and a mineral note. Full bodied, flavoursome wine with intense red berry fruit, fine silky tannins and some mineral flavours. Good length.

2010: Selected by Oz Clarke for his Favorite Wines 2013.

"Chénas is traditionally the toughest of the top Beaujolais wines, the one you need to age, often more in hope than certainty that the wine will soften. It's the leanest, least Beaujolais-like of Beaujolais. Well, these guys clearly forgot to make this tough and unfriendly because it's a delight, amazingly rich and juicy for a Chénas, with deep, ripe, red plum fruit jousting with strawberries and pepper and rock dust, uncertain as to which will offer the mineral tang so they all do."

PS: None of our Chénas, whether Franck's or Domaine Matray's are difficult, lean or ungenerous. I haven't actually tasted a disappointing or difficult Chénas in ages ... I think they are just talking about the difficulty of finding accents on a keyboard to type Chénas.

Ben says of the 2010 (October 2017): The description given by Oz four years ago is still applicable and the wine has now even more depth and the fruitiness is even richer with some lovely spicinesa coming through. This is a great Chénas and one to treasure.

Flo says of the 2010 (July 2018); This Chénas is quite simply a jewel in our collection of Beaujolais. A rich and joyous Beaujolais that puts a smile on your face and sings the joy of the Gamay grape.

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Franck Bessone
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Features Unoaked, Vegetarian and Vegan
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Gamay
Ripeness Normal
Vintage 2018

Gamay from Chènas in the wrong hands can make austere tannic reds. Franck knows exactly how to treat these grapes and in doing so releases their full potential. From one of the iconic vintages of the last 11 years this is a wonderful balance of red fruits and mineral pink granite balanced with freshness and acidity, remarkable considering the heat of 2018

Product Code 33FB0118
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.5%
Last Tasted 16 Jun 2020
Case Size 6
Stock Levels 3 at Alpine Wines HQ
52 at London Warehouse
Product Code 3317011
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12
Last Tasted 18 Oct 2017
Keep Until 2022
Case Size 6
Stock Levels 1 at Alpine Wines HQ
48 at London Warehouse
Product Code 3312021
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13
Last Tasted 9 Oct 2018
Keep Until 2020++
Case Size 6
Stock Levels 2 at Alpine Wines HQ
6 at London Warehouse
Product Code 3332149
Size 75cl
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