Domaine Chapel
Chiroubles 2018
Beaujolais, France

$70.00

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Style: Red: Light to medium bodied. Deep, dark and savoury.

Producer: Domaine Chapel

Region: Chiroubles, Beaujolais, France

Grape: Gamay 100%

Vintage: 2018

Soil: The bedrock is granite and the soil is a blend of pink granite, sandstone and weathered rock fragments.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Large, oak cask

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This is the first vintage of Domaine Chapel Chiroubles and what a great addition it is. The wine is an assemblage of two high altitude (average 400 meters), steeply-sloped parcels: Saint-Roch & Poullet. Each parcel comprises about 1 hectare of vines, which are both east-facing, and planted to high density, gobelet trained vines. This is a much darker style of Beaujolais than their other two crus. Black cherry, deep plum and raspberry fruits mingle with a wild spice and hung meat. Smokey, licorices and fresh turned soil add layers and detail. The palate has a brightness to the fruit. It’s silky, but with a fine wave of tannin etch detail and interest. Delicious expression. Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in the cru village of Régnié-Durette. The Chapels produced their first wine - a 2016 Juliénas “Côte de Bessay” - in partnership with the acclaimed Morgon estate Domaine Lapierre. Light, textured, and fresh, the Chapels’ inaugural wine is the realisation of a passion for the Beaujolais that goes back many generations.

David was born into high-end gastronomy, the son of Alain Chapel the patriarch of the nouvelle cuisine movement in France. When his father passed suddenly in the early 1990's Dave ventured out to some of the vignerons with whom his dad had befriend during his life. He ended up at Domaine Lapierre where a strong bond was formed with Marcel Lapierre's son, Mathieu and his wife Camille Lapierre.

Growing up in the nearby village of Mionnay, David Chapel worked his first harvest in the Beaujolais in 2005. It was back in Beaujolais, while working at Domaine Lapierre in 2013 where he met his future wife, Michele Smith, a sommelier, and wine director for The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, the 3-star Michelin restaurant based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, the Chapels relocated from New York to the Beaujolais to found Domaine Chapel.

In 2017, the Chapels have secured a contract for just over 2 hectares of vineyards in Juliénas, in the lieu-dit “Côte de Bessay.” This is a contiguous, south east-facing parcel of old vines that borders the northern Cru of Saint-Amour. They've also produced a Beaujolais-Villages from 3 parcels of vines grown on decomposed pink granite in the village of Lantignié.

Starting in 2018, Domaine Chapel produced two cuvées from their own 3 hectares of vineyards in the crus of Fleurie and Chiroubles. The steep, high-altitude vines are farmed by Michele and David, organically with manual plowing. All wines undergo semi-carbonic maceration in large vats using indigenous yeasts, before roughly nine months’ aging in the foudres that have been in the couple’s home cellar for more than a half-century. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration.

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Review

Style: Red: Light to medium bodied. Deep, dark and savoury.

Producer: Domaine Chapel

Region: Chiroubles, Beaujolais, France

Grape: Gamay 100%

Vintage: 2018

Soil: The bedrock is granite and the soil is a blend of pink granite, sandstone and weathered rock fragments.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Large, oak cask

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: 30 minutes before drinking

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This is the first vintage of Domaine Chapel Chiroubles and what a great addition it is. The wine is an assemblage of two high altitude (average 400 meters), steeply-sloped parcels: Saint-Roch & Poullet. Each parcel comprises about 1 hectare of vines, which are both east-facing, and planted to high density, gobelet trained vines. This is a much darker style of Beaujolais than their other two crus. Black cherry, deep plum and raspberry fruits mingle with a wild spice and hung meat. Smokey, licorices and fresh turned soil add layers and detail. The palate has a brightness to the fruit. It’s silky, but with a fine wave of tannin etch detail and interest. Delicious expression. Sebastian Crowther MS