Chiroubles  2018



  • Organic


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Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Store Only
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Gamay 100 %
Closure type
Winery's website

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.

Winemaking notes

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.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 92 points -

William Kelley, August 2019

High-toned aromas of cherries, raspberries and spices introduce the 2018 Chiroubles , a medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy wine with ripe acids and a rich core of fruit. It derives from steep parcels that have to be worked by hand.

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James Suckling

- 91 points -

February 2020

Very attractive, fresh, wild blue fruit and a wealth of bright, mouthwatering strawberries, too. The palate has a very plush and nicely concentrated feel with soft, rich and ripe fruit flesh on offer.

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Gismondi on Wine

- 91 points -

October 2020

Domaine Chapel was founded by David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in Régnié. The Chapels produced their first wine in partnership with Mathieu and Camille Lapierre of Domaine Lapierre in the 2016 vintage. The Chapels met there in 2013, when Michele, a wine director based in Brooklyn, NY, was visiting the region. This, their first Chiroubles comes from two high altitude (average 400 meters), steeply-sloped parcels of organically farmed vines: Saint-Roch & Poullet. Vines range from 40-65 years, and the soils are granite bedrock with pink granite and sandstone overlay. After a native semi-carbonic ferment over 3 weeks, this was transferred to cask where it rested for 8 months before bottling, unfiltered. Pretty and perfumed, with delicate red florals, raspberry, and strawberry blossoms. There's a fine rasp of tannins around the sides and a lot of easy acidity that raises to this a lingering cherry kissed finish. Very moreish. #GoGamayGo

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