2005 Chapelle & Fils Santenay 1er Cru "Beaurepaire"

SKU #1054083

Domaine Chapelle is a family owned domaine, committed to organic viticulture. As Beaurepaire is directly opposite their winery, it was the first vineyard they converted to organic growing. As Jean-Francois Chapelle told me: "As it is directly opposite my window, it was the easiest to keep a very close eye on, as we converted to organic, so naturally we started there." They are now certified organic growers, and have not used herbicides for more than a decade. All harvest is by hand, to preserve the quality of grapes, and the sorting table is prominent in their newly remodeled facility. This is an east-facing vineyard, on a slope, with clay and limestone in the rocky soil. 1/2 of the vineyard is 45 years old, while the other 1/2 was replanted 18 years ago. This wine shows lovely material on the mid-palate, with rich dark fruit and an interesting earthy character. This represents a wonderful value from a terrific vintage, made possible only by our direct import from the producer. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/09)

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2010  | Send Email
Deeply colored and rich with a classic Burgundian earthy character. A great value in Burgundy!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/1/2010  | Send Email
Intense, deep red fruit including some pomegranate on the nose and palate. A good mouthful of red burg.

 By: Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog |  Review Date: 10/2/2010 
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thin, acidic and sour. Friend, a former wine buyer and broker agreed. Run. Or dump like I did. Worse next day.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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