2016 Domaine Chignard Julienas "Beauvernay"

SKU #1331998 93 points James Suckling

 A very attractive floral rose with aromas of strawberries and blood oranges, as well as an array of fragrant spices. A really spectacular nose. The palate has a super lithe and elegant feel with really powerful, long and fresh fruits. Strawberry pips and a pomegranate tang at the finish.  (2/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red/blue fruits, incense and candied flowers, with a smoky mineral overtone that gains power with air. Offers palate-staining black raspberry and boysenberry flavors, along with suggestions of allspice and candied licorice. Concentrated yet lithe in style, showing excellent finishing clarity and a impressive mineral-driven persistence. (JR)  (3/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Juliénas Beauvernay from Domaine Chignard is excellent, revealing expressive aromas of black cherries, mulberry, sweet soil and subtle spice. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, velvety and textural, with a ripe but crunchy core of fruit along with succulent acids and a tangy, finely tannic finish. This doesn't have the complexity or elegance of the Domaine's Fleurie les Moriers, but it's a delicious example of Juliénas. (WK)  (5/2018)

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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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.