2015 Pascal & Jean-Philippe Granger Chénas "Aux Pierres"
Producer: Pascal & Jean-Philippe Granger
Region: Chénas, Beaujolais, France
Wine Advocate, 89 Points
As the reputation of Cru Beaujolais Gamay continues to grow in the US market, we are increasingly inundated with offerings (and customer demands!) from this exciting region. Sommeliers and wine merchants throughout the world have been passionately promoting Beaujolais wines for their superb quality-to-price ratio which is arguably unmatched by any other classic red wine producing region on the planet.
Pascal Granger is a vigneron whose beautiful wines continue to knock me out with top-notch quality, typicity and value pricing. Each of their wines are robust, cellar-worthy, and unmistakably Burgundian in character and structure. Today’s selection, “Aux Pierres”, comes from their smallest vineyard holding in the village Chénas and happens to be one of their very best bottlings.
Chénas is arguably the unsung hero of the 10 “Cru” of Beaujolais, perhaps due to its relatively small size, the short list of highly-regarded producers and a small presence in the international market. But the best examples from this northern Cru are capable of going toe-to-toe with some of the finest wines of Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent, and this one is exceptionally fine and well-structured.
Traditional vinification is de rigueur at this 200-year-old estate: Long macerations, partially destemmed fruit in cement vats followed by aging in neutral oak foudres. The micro-produced 2015 vintage is nothing short of stunning; fresh cut violets, brambly raspberries, dried orange peel, Asian spice all charged with mineral tension. The youthful grippy tannins will soften over time, so plan on enjoying one now and cellaring a few more over the next 5-7 years. - Jordan Wardlaw, Import Wine Specialist
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