Nestled in the picturesque hillside of La Chapelle des Bois in Fleurie sit 0.86 hectares of the grandiose 61 hectares attached to the renowned Chastels estate. With exquisite soils rich in decomposed granite, the fully mature Gamay noir à jus blanc grows here, a mighty representative of its kind, barely 35 years old. Its exquisite grapes, carefully hand-picked and sorted, have been brought to divine perfection through a carefully choreographed macération semi-carbonique, coupled with the timelessness of seven to eight months in cement cuves.
Play of colours
A look at the 2020 Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois reveals a dense violet that radiates opaque to the rim and promises what it delivers.
Opulent and flowery on the nose, this red wine presents itself. A composition of sour cherries, blackberries, dark currants and plums embedded in a bouquet of Mediterranean herbs, fine Assam tea, earthy undergrowth, pithy leather and a hint of liquorice creates a seductive dance of aromas.
Immensely juicy and enticing, this is how this Beaujolais presents itself on the palate. A symphonic blend of abundant fruit, velvety tannins and invigorating acidity. Served chilled, it unfolds its full beauty and is guaranteed to leave no glass untouched. It shares its preference with rustic, uncomplicated French cuisine, making it an excellent alternative or even complement to fine Burgundy. An irresistible price-pleasure ratio. Serving temperature: 15-17°C
Perhaps with paper-thin sliced Italian ham with pickled figs? Or with a delicate pigeon stuffed with truffle and brioche, accompanied by a thyme jus and roasted chard? A selection of regional cheeses combined with apricot jam and crusty baguette could equally be a harmonious partner to this wine. Experiment and discover your own favourite combination.
Domaine Romanesca, 1172 route de le chapelle des bois, 69820 Fleurie, France