Contemporary Beaujolais is rife with opportunity - overlooked terroirs, abandoned vines, appellations ripe for rehabilitation. But few young vignerons have committed to such ambitious challenges as brothers Paul Henri and Charles Thillardon, who have positioned themselves as the future of Beaujolais' smallest, sleepiest cru, Chénas.
Chassignol is without doubt one of the truly brilliant single site expressions in Beaujolais. This 80-100 year-old vineyard is planted on a mix of clay and manganese. It always displays aromas of roses reminiscent of some very fine vineyards from Côte de Nuits, with focused raspberry and cherry fruit. Bright, precise and intensely flavoured ending with finesse and purity, this is nothing short of spectacular.
Domaine Thillardon Chenas 'Chassignol'
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