Fleurie Charbonnières 2018


Fleurie Charbonnières

  • Organic


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8 case(s) available

Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
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 1.2 hectares of vines in the Beaujolais Cru, Fleurie. The wine is from the single lieu-dit, Charbonnières, which sits at 460 meters in altitude. The parcel is planted to high density, free-standing, gobelet vines. The Charbonnières climat is formed as an amphitheater high up in the mountains of Beaujolais and bordered by the forest which forms a natural clos around the parcel. This is an east facing parcel with part of the vineyard facing north and the other side facing south. The land has been farmed organically for nearly 20 years and is worked and by hand. The vine age varies and the oldest vines are over 60 years old while the youngest were planted 35 years ago. Granite rock forms the bedrock and the soil is a mix of granitic sand, weathered rock fragments, and igneous rock.

Winemaking notes

Hand harvested the second week of September. The whole cluster bunches go through a semicarbonic maceration using 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 following harvest.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 91 points -

William Kelley, August 2018

The 2018 Fleurie Charbonnières wafts from the glass with high-toned aromas of raspberries, cherries, rose petals and licorice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with an ample core of fruit, succulent acids and a saline finish. This bottle flirts with volatility, but it's beautifully balanced, with real structural elegance, so I found much to admire. I'm looking forward to trying it again before too long to see if it settles down with a little bottle age.

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