Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay 2019
Perched between Morgon and Fleurie at around 400 metres above sea level, the vineyards of Chiroubles are the highest in Beaujolais. The vines sit on the upper slopes and in general terms produce a Beaujolais that can be, to quote Gerald Asher, all “…lacy texture and sleek charm.”
Bouland’s Chiroubles has a bit more stuffing then that. It comes from a 0.65-hectare parcel of 35- to 45-year-old vines on the steep, ridged incline of Chatenay, on the typical granite and sandstone soils of the Cru. Protected by a nearby forest, it’s a warm, north-facing site. The 2019 is super bright, red fruited and floral but also has a twist of inky reduction (for now) adding complexity and added spice. God-damned juicy deliciousness already, it will certainly also age well in the three- to eight-year window (at least).
“Exuberant aromas of raspberries, blackberries and cherries introduce the 2019 Chiroubles Chatenay, a medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy wine that's round and enveloping, with a charming core of fruit and melting, delicately powdery tannins. It will drink well young.”92 PointsThe Wine Advocate