2009 Piron & Lameloise "Quartz" Chenas

SKU #1322152 91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Reflecting a miniscule volume due to hail, the 2009 Chenas Q Domaine Piron & Lameloise (formerly labeled “Quartz,” and part of a joint venture with the Lameloise family) displays a nose unusually mingling ripe blackberry and blueberry with suggestions of roasted eggplant. A saline savor I associate with many quartzite-rich sites threads its way through the wine’s richly-fruited yet finely tannin-suffused and stimulatingly bright palate. A bittersweet low tone again reminiscent of roasted eggplant adds to the wine’s saliva-inducing, palate-staining length. This Chenas – raised one-third in older barrel, but tasted assembled – should be another candidate of its vintage for 4-6 years of fascinating bottle evolution. (DS)  (8/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 The Quartz Chénas used to be a partnership between Dominique Piron and Jean-Marc Lafont until 2007. A change in partnership means it is now made with Christian Lameloise. Light ruby. High toned and aromatic. Sleek and savoury. Immediately appealing. Very good. (JR)  (11/2010)

Vinous

 Bright red. Pungent aromas of cherry pit, cassis and violet, with smoke and licorice notes adding complexity. Bitter cherry and candied licorice dominate the palate, which shows a suave blend of power and vivacity. Tightens up with air and finishes with firm grip, a touch of youthful bitterness and very good spicy persistence. (JR)  (4/2012)

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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.