Chiroubles is one of the lesser known Beaujolais Crus, but producers in this tiny appellation frequently over-perform producing fruity, highly perfumed wines expressing all that's great about Beaujolais. One such producer is Julien Chantreau, whose small domaine make wines with irresistible and immediate charm. He's only got four hectares in Chiroubles, so we were thrilled that he could spare some wine for us.
A refreshing, light and joyful expression of Gamay, grown on some of the steepest granite slopes in Beaujolais. It has an abundance of pretty peony perfume on the nose and the palate is packed with soft, silky raspberry fruit and low tannins, with a mineral streak on the finish.
An excellent partner to chicken pie, summer salads or just a cold meat and cheese platter. A perfect lunch-time red.
/ 75cl bottle
Beaujolais is an ancient winemaking region, with records going as far back to Roman times. Like its famous neighbour Burgundy, the Benedictine monks played an important role establishing the vineyards of the region during the mediaeval period.
The region is best known for its red wines made using the Gamay grape. The wines are fragrant, packed with crunchy red fruits and have a spine tingling minerality. They usually have moderate alcohol levels and light tannins making them the perfect bistro lunch red.
Lesser known are their white wines, Beaujolais Blanc which are 100% chardonnay and are crisp with orchard fruit character. The top wines come from the ten Beaujolais Crus, which are all found in the rolling hills of the north of Beaujolais. Our wine is from the delightful cru of Chiroubles.