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Chenas: Domaine Matray Futs de Chene 2016


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Tasting Notes

Much sought after, Chénas, the rarest of the Beaujolais Crus, is a generous cellaring wine with a wonderfully soft mouthfeel.  

The robe is ruby with garnet tints; the aromas are floral with peony at the fore. This cuvée was matured in barrels for 8 months and sets itself apart with its finesse and complexity.

Wine Info

Region Beaujolais
Appellation Chenas
Style Red
Producer Domaine Matray
Grapes 100% Gamay
Pairing
Keeping Drink within 3 to 10 years of bottling.
Vinification

The harvest takes place in mid-September. All the grapes are picked manually as the Beaujolais semi carbonic winemaking process requires that the bunches be whole. Pressing is after 10 days of vatting.

Malo-lactic fermentation and maturing take place in oak barrels (215 L) for 4 or 5 months.

Bottle 75cl
Volume 13.5%

Producer

From a winemaking family spanning 5 generations, Lilian Matray, his wife Sandrine and his daughter Célia work the family estate.

The estate buildings are in Juliénas, a charming little Beaujolais village, while the estate’s vines grow on 11 hectares of slopes that are not only in the Juliénas appellation area. The variety of the soils give the very typical, fruity Beaujolais aromas and flavours of each specific appellation.