Chateau De Javernand, Chiroubles
Brand Fat Cat Wines & Spirits
Gatilles are the little grey lizards that are abundant in the vineyards of Chiroubles, where the sunlight warms the sandy, stony soils. 100% Gamay Noir from a 2.5 hectare vineyard of sand over granite bedrock. Semi-carbonic maceration of partially de-stemmed fruit for nine days followed by six months in concrete before bottling. Very floral nose with a mix of cherry and spice both on the nose and the palate. The wine is bright and round with juicy red fruits. Only 125cs produced.
Chrioubles is the highest in elevation of the Beaujolais crus, producing some of the lightest but most genuinely refreshing wines. The soils are similar to the sandiest parts of neighboring Fleurie. Perhaps the most archetypically Beaujolais of all the crus, Chiroubles is best drunk relatively young.
“Vivid red. Vibrant, sharply focused red berry, blood orange and floral pastille scents, along with suggestions of candied flowers and allspice. In an elegant, well-balanced style, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that show strong back-end lift and building spiciness. The floral note comes back strong on a very long, vibrant finish shaped by silky tannins that fold smoothly into the sappy fruit.” 91 Points – Josh Reynolds – Vinous.com, Aug 2016