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.

Features Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Gamay
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Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" 2011 75cl cl
£17.40
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London WarehousePlenty in Warehouse
Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" 2015 75cl cl
£16.92
StoreAvailability
London WarehousePlenty in Warehouse

As we said 

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

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
Vintage 2011

(2020) The 2011 is still showing well. Starting to show hints of garnet on appearance, with a nose thats tertiary aroma driven by a mix of forest floor and dried red and black ruit aromas. Still with some remarkable acidity. It culimates in a long finish that wont leave you disappointed on an autumn/winters evening!

(October 2018, Flo): This wine is just delightful, although there are some indications of age this is just so vibrant and fresh. A pleasurable Beaujolais with notes of candied red fruits, supple tannins and a mineral finish. This wine fills the mouth with punchy yet refined blackberry, a beautiful wine

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.

Vintage 2009

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).

2009 was a magnificent year and it still shines. A deep ruby color, nose of candied black fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants), mineral notes, mouth-filling with supple tannins, persistent fruity attack and a long mineral finish. 

Its quite remarkable and complex! It’s a great example of how Gamay can “PINOTER” become like Pinot Noir with age. It’s a riot of tertiary complexity, forest floor, meaty, leather, earth, fig and prune and evolves a layer of dried black fruits on the final finish. Stunning!

2011
Product Code 3313006
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.5
Last Tasted 30 Sep 2020
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2021
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell Proof that a Beaujolais-Villages can Pinoter!
2013
Product Code 3314020
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12
In a nutshell Will go toe to toe with Crus
2009
Product Code 3332152
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13
In a nutshell Unlike any Beaujolais Villages you have ever tasted!
2015
Product Code 3317019
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12
Last Tasted 5 Apr 2021
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2025
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell Now In! Vincent's last Vintage!
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