About this winery
Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in the Cru Village of Régnié-Durette. The Chapels produced their first wine - a 2016 Juliénas “Côte de Bessay” - in partnership with the acclaimed Morgon estate Domaine Lapierre. The connection between the Chapel and Lapierre families goes back to the 1980s. David’s late father, Alain Chapel was one of the leaders of French Nouvelle Cuisine in the 1970s and 80s (along with Paul Bocuse, Jean and...
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Notes about product
In January of 2018, Domaine Chapel began working 2 hectares of vines in the Beaujolais Cru, Chiroubles. The wine is an assemblage of two high altitude (average 400 meters), steeply-sloped parcels: Saint-Roch & Poullet. Each parcel comprises about 1 hectare of vines, which are both east-facing, and planted to high density, gobelet trained vines. The land is worked organically and by hand. The average vine age of Saint-Roch is 55 years, and Poullet varies between 40 & 60 years old. The bedrock is granite and the soil is a blend of pink granite, sandstone and weathered rock fragments.
Hand harvested the second week of September. The whole cluster bunches go through a semicarbonic maceration with their indigenous yeasts. The grapes fermented as whole berries for 3 weeks before being pressed in a horizontal Vaslin press. An assemblage was made from the free run juice and the pressed juice and finished fermentation in the spring. Thick skins and small berries due to a proportion of millerandage in Saint-Roch, resulted in a darker juice.