Last week after a long day at work I thought that I deserved a drink of something a little special over dinner. Luckily I have access to the restaurant cellar at Cakes and Ale as it was slightly later than most people eat dinner, so there was no option other than to snaffle a bottle off the shelf. I chose Domaine Piron "Chenas Quarts" a really wonderful expression of Village Beaujolais grown in the smallest of the appellations of this Burgundian region.
Chenas is classified a Cru Beaujolais. There are 10 villages or areas in Beaujolais permitted to use their names on the label. Chenas is the while being the smallest cru has the structure for aging a decade or more in a great vintage.
Ten years ago, Piron purchased a Chenas vineyard from the Lameloise family, owners of the renowned Burgundy three-star Michelin restaurant of the same name.
Piron added the word quartz, reflecting the significant amount of that mineral in the vineyard, the wine really lives up to its name and has a wonderful stony mineral backbone highlighting the plush ripe raspberry and black cherry flavours with great savoury length. You can really tell this guy knows what he is doing might have something to do with his family owning vineyards in Beaujolais since 1590 (so hard to imagine really).
Thanks Patrick Walsh from Cellarhand for importing this into Australia, Yummo!