2014 Chateau de Javernand "Indigene" Chiroubles

SKU #1273903 90 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. Deep-pitched cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied flowers. Plush and round in character, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors energized by a suggestion of peppery spices. Finishes smooth, sappy and broad, revealing lingering sweetness and very soft tannins. (JR)  (8/2016)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2016 | Send Email
This is very bright showing sweet black cherry and ripe red cherry fruit in a fresh and persistent style. Not as dark as the "Old Vines" version but rather clean, savory and long.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the most interesting, deeply earthy and rustic Beaujolais I've tasted in some time. Gamay from Chiroubles is fermented with indigenous yeast with no added sulphites to create this funky, super-old-world bottling driven by slightly brett-y terroir, tart red cherries, warm spice and comfortable acidity. Enjoy this with seared tuna or salmon steaks, or serve with Thanksgiving dinner for a truly unforgettable night.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2016 | Send Email
From one of our new Direct Import Beaujolais producers, the 'Indigene' is elegant and pretty with a hint of a sauvage character. Aromas of forest floor and barnyard lead to a palate of bright cherry, violets and anise with great acidity and a lovely soft texture. This caliber of Beaujolais usually cost closer to $30 per bottle, so scoop a bottle up before they are all gone.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
This is a super fun and tasty little wine for those, like myself, who don't mind a little weirdness in their bottle from time to time. The snappy red fruit in here is layered with a touch of tobacco and quince tartness. Good layers of acid and fruit keep this wine going and don't leave you hanging on the finish. A lovely bottle for those looking for something a little geeky this holiday season.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful and delicate the 2014 Chateau Javernand Chiroubles “Indigene is a pretty wine with aromas of violet and candied cherries. The palate is crisp and energetic with flavors of macerated cherries, fresh pomegranate and red licorice nicely buffered by spice and mineral notes. A wine that feels feminine with great structure and surprising depth for a simple Chiroubles.
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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
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France

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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.