Chénas Tradition "En Mélardière"

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France  Beaujolais 

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
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Gamay
Grouped product items
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Chenas En Mélardière 2019 75cl cl
£18.00
StoreAvailability
London WarehousePlenty in Warehouse
Alpine Wines HQ5 at HQ
Chenas 2018 75cl cl
£18.00
StoreAvailability
London Warehouse3 in Warehouse
Alpine Wines HQ3 at HQ
Chénas 2016 75cl cl
£18.00
StoreAvailability
London Warehouse18 in Warehouse
Alpine Wines HQNo stock at HQ
Chénas 2010 75cl cl
£18.60
StoreAvailability
London Warehouse6 in Warehouse
Alpine Wines HQ1 at HQ
You want a serious but not too serious unoaked Gamay with a lot of flexibility.
It ticks all the boxes that make us tick, precise, mineral, deliciously fruity with a finish that just keeps giving
A demonstration of Gamay

One of our bestsellers - we're very glad to be able to get Chénas better recognized on the British market!

This is always delicious, fresh, spicy, mineral - everything we like here at Alpine Wines.

Franck's wine are typically given more time than is "normal" and as a result even the "tradition" entry level is smashing. 

 

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Franck Bessone
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Features Unoaked, Vegetarian and Vegan
Aged In Cement
Closure Natural Cork
Varieties Gamay
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Malolactic
Can be chilled but also is one of those wines which is still delicious when too warm
This will happily go with just about everything - if your friends plan to challenge your wine matching skills, bring this.
Tasting Notes

Selected by Oz Clarke about it in "Favorite Wines" several times, for example in 2013 the 2010

It's a delight, amazingly rich and juicy 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.

This applies pretty much to every vintage, although other fruit join as guest stars depending on vintage - blood orange in 2014, blackcurrant in 2016, cherry in 2018.

Vintage 2018

This is a wonderful balance of red fruits and mineral (you can imagine you're licking that pink granite) balanced with freshness and acidity, remarkable considering the heat of 2018

Vintage 2010

The 2010 in 2021

"I think it is now past its peak but still very very nice, lively balance, spicy mineral nose with an almost balsamic start, fresh and spicy on the palate (but the fruit is fading compared to last time). Would be great slightly chilled with anything involving tomatoes - we had it with a mexican feast."

The 2010 in 2018: 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 spiciness coming through. This is a great Chénas and one to treasure. A rich and joyous Beaujolais that puts a smile on your face.

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."

2019
Product Code 33FB0119
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.5%
Last Tasted 1 Jun 2021
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2030
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell One of our star wines
2018
Product Code 33FB0118
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.5%
Last Tasted 16 Sep 2020
mature evolution? No
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell Spicy fresh Gamay from a hot year
2016
Product Code 3317011
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12
Last Tasted 18 Oct 2017
mature evolution? No
Keep Until 2022
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell a mineral beauty
2010
Product Code 3312021
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13
Last Tasted 9 Oct 2018
mature evolution? Yes
Keep Until 2020++
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell A rich and joyous Beaujolais
2009
Product Code 3332149
Size 75cl
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