Domaine Smith-Chapel, 'Chassignol', Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, France, 2019
Overview of the Wine
Michele Smith and David Chapel met in Beaujolais, whilst Michele was on holiday and David was working at Lapierre. After some time in New York, where, most recently, Michele was the Wine Director for Brooklyn Fare they moved back to Beaujolais to become vignerons. Their first vintage, 2016 Julienas Côte de Bessay, was vinified at Lapierre whilst they were still searching for their own cellars. In 2017 with their new family home and cellars in Régnié-Durette they started on the new vintage, introducing a Beaujolais Villages from fruit in nearby Lantignié from organically farmed vineyards.
We introduced Domaine Chapel to our portfolio with the Julienas, which saw its final vintage being produced in 2018. The wine quickly gained cult status and whilst we are sad to see it go, we are so excited to represent the Fleurie, Chiroubles, Moulin-a Vent, and Aligoté. Michele and David have spent thousands of hours over the last year working the land on these sites and the resulting wines are quite remarkable.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2019 Moulin-a-Vent ‘Chassignol’ is the first Beaujolais under the Smith-Chapel label. Chosen as a single plot it sits at 400masl on a steep, North-East facing slope. ‘Chassignol’ is designated as being in the village of Chénas, which is classified as the cru Moulin-a-Vent (which translates as windmill). Extremely high density plantings, on a mix of pink granite and sandstone gives this wine a unique richness, and character unlike any of the Domaine Chapel Beaujolais.
Product size: 750ml
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