Domaine Chardigny 2019 'Clos du Chapitre' Saint-Amour, Beaujolais - DECANTsf

Domaine Chardigny 2019 'Clos du Chapitre' Saint-Amour, Beaujolais

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Domaine Chardigny 2019 'Clos du Chapitre' Saint-Amour, Beaujolais

Winemaker: Victor Chardigny
Farming: Organic
Variety: Gamay
Terroir: Here you find granite (which is typical of other Cru Beaujolais appellations), schist, clay, alluvium and a lot more.  The two vineyards the Chardigny family farm, Clos du Chapitre and La Folie, are a mixture of ancient alluvial igneous rocks primarily from the Massif Central.
Vinification: This cuvée is vinified with a pre-fermentation cold maceration and with a large proportion of whole bunches.
Aging: Neutral cask
Tasting Note: Notes of red berries, rhubarb, sweet red rose, sweet greens and crushed rock. Solid, but fine tannins are backed by a fresh, gentle acidity that hits on all sides, revealing a nice long finish. 

From our November 2021 Explorer Club Notes:

Domaine  Chardigny  | ‘Clos du Chapitre’  | Saint-Amour, Beaujolais, France | 2019

    Family is undoubtedly at the forefront of our minds when we think of Thanksgiving. We don't all get to celebrate with our families, especially after the last however-many-months, so let's drink a wine that is truly a family project!

    The Chardigny family has spent the last 200 years working the foothills of Burgundy and Beaujolais, mostly as sharecroppers selling to local co-ops.

Catherine and Jean-Michel Chardigny founded Domaine Chardigny in 1995 after deciding to build a winery at their family home in Leynes and vinify their own fruit. Their sons, Pierre-Maxime Chardigny and Victor-Emmanuel Chardigny, have been in charge of the family vineyards in Beaujolais and St. Veran since 2014. Victor has a degree in Enology and Viticulture and is in charge of the vineyards and winemaking, while his older brother handles the business side of the family estate. (Middle brother Jean-Baptiste is the vineyard manager for Domaine Leflaive’s Macon vineyards up north). As the new managers of the family business, their first act was to begin planting vines and purchasing the plots that their family had been leasing for decades, as well as to convert the vineyards from sustainable viticulture to organic certification.

    Saint-Amour is Beaujolais' northernmost Cru, where the Gamay varietal reigns supreme. Clos du Chapitre is a modest vineyard on a promontory overlooking the Saône plain, with a mix of granite, schist, clay, and alluvial deposits from the Massif Central flowing through the foothills.

    Saint-Amour wines feature elevated aromatics and Pinot Noir-esque qualities such as a lighter body and dark red fruit due to the more diversified soil type than other crus. Victor vinifies the fruit with cold maceration and a large proportion of whole bunches to capture this gift of terroir.

This allows the juice to spend more time with the phenolic-rich skins before fermentation begins. Old oak casks are used for aging.

    With dark cherries, crushed pomegranate, and a hint of rooibos tea, the wine is lightly smoky. This cuvée exemplifies balance and aging, and it can easily last for ten years. Feel the love from the Chardigny (and DECANTsf) family as you pair this with any slow-roasted meat, from ham to duck to, you guessed it, turkey!   — Cara Patricia   

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