Region: Chiroubles, Beaujolais, France
Soils: Pink Granite + Sandstone
Vinification: The whole cluster bunches go through a semi-carbonic maceration with their indigenous yeasts. The grapes fermented as whole berries for 3 weeks before being pressed. The 2018 had thick skins and small berries due to a proportion of millerandage in the Saint-Roch parcel, resulting in a darker juice.
Aging: The wine was aged for 8 months in stainless tank
Fining or Filtering: None
Notes from the Importer: Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in the cru village of Régnié. The Chapels produced their first wine - a 2016 Juliénas “Côte de Bessay” - in partnership with Mathieu and Camille Lapierre, winemakers and owners of acclaimed Morgon estate Domaine Lapierre.
It was back in Beaujolais, while working at Domaine Lapierre in 2013 where David met his future wife, Michele Smith, a wine director based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, the Chapels relocated from New York to the Beaujolais to found Domaine Chapel. Starting in 2018, in addition to Juliénas and Beaujolais-Villages, Domaine Chapel will produce two cuvées from their own 3 hectares of vineyards in the crus of Fleurie and neighboring Chiroubles.