2015 Stéphane Aviron Chénas Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1322126 91 points Vinous

 Dark ruby. Mineral-laced blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of violet candy and licorice. Sappy, densely packed black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend power and finesse and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Closes very long, broad and appealingly sweet, displaying building tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit. (JR)  (12/2017)

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Chénas is the smallest of all the Crus in Beaujolais, so it is less often seen. It borders Moulin-a-Vent, the most famous Cru, and some producers even get their choice of which appellation to choose! Stéphane Aviron has been one of the leaders in reviving true Beaujolais. His wines are elegant, focused and very pure. It is made in the traditional Burgundian method, with no carbonic maceration. These vines in Chénas are the oldest they exploit, with some of the vines dating to 1913.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2017 | Send Email
A stunning example of what Beaujolais can and should be. Beautifully fruited with racy notes of wet earth, herbs and spices, this delightful red wine can be slightly chilled and enjoyed with a multitude of cuisines. It is light enough to pair with fish courses such as salmon and sea bass, and it can also pair with pork, veal and some lighter beef dishes. Fresh and fruity but in no way insipid, this complex red is incredibly versatile.

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- 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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- 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.