Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital"

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France  Beaujolais 

WARNING! This is not like any Beaujolais Villages you will have tasted! Or will ever taste again (2009 exceptional vintage and Vincent has retired passing the baton to his nephew Jérôme after 2015 - grab the 2015 while you can).

I love all the wines from Beaujolais and it is always a pleasure to pick from those that are supposedly from the lower end of the quality spectrum, and blow your mind.

'Le Chapital' was an excellent Beaujolais-Villages - a winemaker at the top of his art and a fantastic old vineyard in a prime spot. Both the winemaker and the vineyard have since retired and 2015 was the last vintage. 

When young, it was clear, clean and beautiful to look at, full of spicy red cherries. A lovely food-friendly wine and  a bargain. 

With age, it becomes stunning, a head turning "tada, I'm here!" of a wine, and a great example of how Gamay can “PINOTER” become like Pinot Noir with age.

Winemaker Vincent Lacondemine
Features Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
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When young, it was clear, clean and beautiful to look at, full of spicy red cherries. A lovely food-friendly wine and  a bargain. With age, it becomes stunning, a head turning "tada, I'm here!" of a wine, and a great example of how Gamay can “PINOTER” become like Pinot Noir with age.

The 2009 was so good it was a teaching moment, a revelation in a glass. It's all gone.

The 2011 being warmer and younger is a little more approachable and perhaps less "Pinot" and more "Merlot" in its ageing, to oversimplify.

The 2013 is in the middle. It could be an ackward teenager phase but no, it's a very beautiful balance of fruit and age

The 2015 feels young still, though 2015 was hot so it is "une bombe" like many of our 2015

Wine Details

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Vincent Lacondemine
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Features Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Gamay
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Malolactic

Tasting Notes

Vintage 2013

(September 2018, Flo): In my opinion, this wine could go toe to toe with some of the Beaujolais crus. The nose is delightful with notes of spun sugar and rosewood. On the palate, this is a delightfully fruity Gamay with a well-rounded body. Would highly recommend!

(Nov 2015, Joelle) After the big 2009 and 2011 it is really nice to taste a very good typical Beaujolais Villages from a more "normal" year. The nose is gorgeous and similar to the 2009 but lighter. In the mouth it is the same. Still lovely but lighter and more of the expected consistency of Beaujolais. It will stay fresh for longer.

Vintages

No longer available
VintageProduct CodeAlcoholkeeps at least until
20133314020122023+
20153317019122025

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