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Chanrion 2014 Vintage Just Hit Its Prime

Kevin Peterson

Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes, Et Al

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New vintages roll through in waves. And it’s always exciting to become re-acquainted with some of our standbys, to appreciate subtle variations between the years. The experience is both novel and familiar, like meeting your friend’s sibling for the first time.

But sometimes said sibling has no bed to rest her weary head, because her older sister hasn’t got her stuff together and moved out. Indeed, the arrival of new vintages also occasions a return to some of the previous year’s releases, as certain late bloomers benefit from the extra time in bottle before they really start popping off. Such is the case with Nicole Chanrion’s Côte-de-Brouilly, whose back vintage is just hitting its prime. I drank a bottle last week and was blown away by bright fruit & fine, integrated tannin.

On Saturday we’re opening new arrivals from two of our standbys: Fontsainte Gris de Gris (Yes, rosé season is back… or did it ever go away?) and Clos la Coutale Cahors. We’re also taking time to look back on the 2014 Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes from Chanrion. Come reflect with us.

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Nicole Chanrion
Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes 2014
Côte-de-Brouilly, Beaujolais, France
Gamay

  • 7th-generation winemaker
  • grew up helping her father in the vineyards and in the cellar
  • she works the entire estate by herself since taking over in 1988- from driving the tractors to pruning the 6.5 hectares of vines to making the wine and bottling.
  • elected president of Côte-de-Brouilly in 2000. She’s referred to as “la patronne de la Côte.”
  • hand-harvested
  • 50-year vines
  • blue schist, volcanic soils
  • whole cluster fermentation
  • at least 9 months oak foudres
  • lutte raisonnée
  • bottled unfiltered