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Stéphane Aviron Chenas Vieilles Vignes 2017

Chénas, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais, Burgundy, FranceStéphane Aviron is one of Bojo's many younger producers making wines in a traditional Burgundian way (to beautiful success) with organic / biodynamic viticulture, extremely old vines, and classic Burgundian techniques. He focuses on Beaujolais Cru, and older vines (minimum 40 years old) to capture the site best. This biodynamically farmed Chenas comes from pre-phylloxera vines averaging more than 100 years old, from a 13.6 acre parcel that Stephan Aviron has been producing from since 1993. The soil is light and made up of mostly sand and small pebbles over a layer of clay and quartz. The ancient vines and poor soils combine for incredibly low yields, and highly concentrated grapes. Made in the Burgundian way (no carbonic maceration), this was fermented in stainless and then aged one year in 1-4th use barrels. Chenas' alluring red floral charm is on full display here, with peonies, wild raspberries, and crunchy plum filling the graceful palate. Tannins are fine yet firm, and stencilled finely grippy, accentuating the buzzy quartz on the palate.Tasted: 28 October 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 27.00 private wine shops Producer: Stephane AvironDistributors: Altus Wines
Grape: Gamay Noir