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)


 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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