Domaine des Bruyères - Chénas 2020
The smallest of the Beaujolais crus, Chenas wines are known for their intense bouquet and structured tannins. “Generous, structured, silky…Notes of small black fruit, peony and spices…pair with Pulled pork tacos, sauce au yaourt, bundt cake glaçage cerises…Helped along by the granitic soil, the rare, yet generous Chénas vines produce a bouquet with strong character. Spices and wood accentuate the complex harmony of this floral wine. It is no coincidence that this Beaujolais cru is often described as “a bouquet of flowers in a velvet basket“. Collectors appreciate this rare appellation from the Beaujolais vineyards for its cellaring potential. Over time, the wine dons a deep garnet colour, while the floral notes fade away. After 8 to 10 years, Chénas takes on its racy bouquet, releasing fleshy aromas.” Beaujolais.com
View from the Cellar: 92 Points
“I have really liked the wines I have tasted from Nicolas Durand in the past and his 2020s are truly exceptional. The 2020 Chénas is very pure and transparent this year, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and offering up a very expressive nose of cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, a beautifully complex base of soil, fresh thyme and a touch of orange peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, tangy and full, with lovely focus and grip, a good core of red fruit, lovely soil signature, bouncy acids and just a whisper of backend tannin on the long and complex finish. This is a lovely bottle of Chénas.” VFC
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