2015 Domaine Chignard Juliénas "Beauvernay"
This powerful rich wine is finely structured and concentrated. It has weight from solid tannins that contrast with the high tones of the ripe red-cherry fruits. From a single parcel, this cru wine is dense, both firm and fresh. Drink from late 2017.
Brilliant magenta. Lively, highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, spicecake and candied flowers pick up a minerally quality as the wine opens up. Silky and energetic in the mouth, offering sappy, concentrated red and blue fruit flavors that show very good clarity and spicy lift. Red fruit and lavender notes linger on the impressively persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Juliénas Beauvernay, bottled one month previously, offers bright blueberry and raspberry scents on the nose, although the aromatics need a few months to really knit together. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry, the acidity nicely judged with supple cranberry and raspberry notes towards the dense finish that will need 18-24 months to really open up. This is the best Julienas Beauvernay that I have tasted from Chignard (to date). I met with winemaker Cédric Chignard at Château Thivin, once again, where he showed me the 2014 and 2015 releases of his Fleurie les Moriers and Juliénas Beauvernay. (For background information, please refer to issue 219.) "The vineyard stayed very green, which lent good acidity levels and protected the fruit,” he told me. “The 2015 had a lot of power with freshness.” These are good quality wines and I felt that the 2014s had improved since I tasted them from barrel last year. That said, Cédric has done a great job with the 2015s, especially with his strongest card, the Fleurie, whereby he manages to obtain great structure while keeping the femininity and charm one associates with that Beaujolais AC. There is still something that tells me Cédric has something in his back pocket, that he is destined to make even greater wines in the future. But these will do just fine for now.
From importer Kermit Lynch: " In 2007 Michel turned the management of the family domaine over to his son Cédric, who is carrying on this philosophy with great pride and has already managed to prove himself in his first few vintages... Their eight hectares of vineyards are over sixty years old, keeping yields naturally low. These old-vine root systems also run very deep, accessing minerals from the granite subsoil and giving Chignard’s Fleurie a trademark goût de terroir and great freshness. While many critics attribute Michel’s success to the soil, Kermit would argue that his traditionalist stance on vineyard management and winemaking is essential to craft such great wines. As ardent defenders of traditional Beaujolais methods, the Chignards take a minimalist approach in both the vineyards and the cellar... The Chignard's have recently started making wine from another Beaujolais cru, Juliénas, which produces a beautiful, high-toned wine in keeping with the style of the domaine." This newly released 2015 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2014 bottling garnered 90 points from Burghound.