2014 Domaine Chignard Julienas "Beauvernay"

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Praise from Wine Advocate: "I met young Cédric Chignard when I visited Château Thivin this year. He told me that he commenced working at the estate from 1998, initially working alongside his father Michel up until 2007. Located in Fleurie with a majority of the vines located in “Les Moriers,” four generations of the family have tended vines that cover around seven hectares. There is also a plot in Juliénas in the “Beauvernay” that was inherited from his grandmother on the maternal side of the family. Cédric picks his fruit by hand and practices a traditional Beaujolais vinification. “In 2013 I picked the grapes later,” he told me. I asked what differences he found between the two most recent vintages. “There is more intensity in 2014, but I find more freshness in 2013.” These are excellent wines: clean and pure, occasionally Burgundy-like on the nose despite the traditional fermentation, his Fleurie surfeit with mineralité and tension. They come highly recommended for any Beaujolais and especially Fleurie aficionados." (NM, 06/2015)

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Alcohol Content (%): 13