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Chénas Vibrations, Domaine Thillardon 2022
In 2008, Paul-Henri Thillardon began making wine from 3ha of vineyards, with the conviction that Chénas has always been unjustifiably overshadowed by Moulin-à-Vent. He has slowly added new parcels to form the 12ha he works today. From the start, he has farmed organically, working some of the vineyards with a horse and using biodynamic treatments. In 2009, he met Fleurie winemakers and lynchpins of the Fleurie natural winemaking scene, Jean-Louis Dutraive and Yvon Métras, who took the young Paul-Henri under their wing. Until 2015, Paul-Henri partially destemmed most cuvées and practiced a more Burgundian vinification. Starting in 2014, he decided to switch to semi-carbonic.
From very old vines, this is a blend of vine blocks with different aspects and soils. Lively and bright with a lovely bounce of acidity, chewy cherries and raspberry pit and a rasp of white pepper and dried herb character to finish off. A pure, energetic super-digestible style of cru Beauj.
Producer Domaine Thillardon
Origin Chénas, Beaujolais, France
Style Medium body elegant red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest into small, whole cluster. Carbonic maceration. Fermented with indigenous yeast. Aged for 8 months in 50% neutral oak, 50% concrete tanks. Unfiltred, unfined. A tiny amount of SO2 is used at bottling only.
Notes Organic and Biodynamic not certified, Natural