Domaine Cheveau / Saint Amour Beaujolais / Les Champs Grilles 2016 / 750mL
Type of Soil: rock from the primary era called "blue stones
Location: in the town of Saint Amour at a place called "Les Champs Grillés" on the Besset coast which overlooks the village of St Amour
Age of the vines: around 80 years old
Vinification: destemmed harvest, cold pre-fermentation and 15-day vatting
Aging: in 600L oak barrels for 24 months
Notes of wild blackberries and notes of spices characteristic of the terroir
Storage: a wine to enjoy now and within 5 years.
The “Champs Grillés” lieu-dit is situated in the heart of the Saint Amour appellation on soil composed of sand and schist. The average age of the vines are 70 years (as of 2011) with some as old as 90 years. The grapes are hand-harvested, subject to multiple “tries” (both in the field and on a sorting table); then, the grapes are destemmed, a brief cold maceration is done to extract color and aroma, followed by a 12-day cuvaison with regular pigeage and remontage. The wine is aged in stainless steel and bottled within a year of the harvest. Approximately 250 cases per annum are available for the US market.
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