Top up your cellar with our selection of warm-weather wines.
- Light Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Domaine du Château de La Chaize
Château de La Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundy’s Beaujolais region. Cared for by the same family for nearly three and a half centuries, the estate has been passed on to new owners, the Gruy family, who are equally committed to managing the estate with the utmost care, while implementing an ambitious environmental plan. Among the many initiatives is the conversion of all vineyards to organic farming, the adoption of precision viticulture, reducing carbon their carbon footprint, and recycling every by-product from viti- and vinicultural activity, to achieve zero waste.
Founded in 1670 by the seneschal of Lyon François de la Chaize d’Aix, the main Château de la Chaize building and gardens were completed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart and André le Nôtre, respectively architect and gardener of the Château de Versailles. Château de la Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundy’s Beaujolais region. Boasting over 250 acres of vineyards, it is also one of the largest. It is today considered one of the most innovative estates in Burgundy. Among its forward- thinking practices is the adoption of eco-friendly farming techniques, commonly referred to as Agriculture Raisonnée. Chemical treatments have been reduced to a strict minimum, for example, and the growing of grass between rows has been re-introduced to enrich the soil and reduce erosion.
The 2019 Brouilly opens in the glass with notes of cherries, peonies, orange rind and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and lively, with powdery tannins, attractive purity of fruit and a precise finish, it continues this cuvée's upward trajectory. – W.K. Tasted in August, 2021.
The effusive violet and blackcurrant-pastille aromas draw you into this elegant and silky, mid-weight Brouilly with excellent harmony right through the long finish… this will keep, but why wait when it tastes so good already? Drink now. – Tasted in April, 2021.
- Red Wine
- Biodynamic, Sustainable, Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
- Medium Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Stéphane Aviron can be considered a pioneer in his approach to winemaking in Beaujolais, however he would just tell you that he’s simply returning to the traditional practices that have always made fantastic Gamay wines. Sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. He focuses on the Beaujolais village crus, all but forgotten gems of vineyards when the nouveau craze took over, which are the best sites for unique, expressive and terroir driven wines. All of the fruit is sourced from old vines (40+ years), so seeing Vieilles Vignes on the label is a rite of passage, not a privilege. Authenticity and a distinctly Beaujolais style of winemaking is what sets Stéphane apart from the rest.
92 points - Michael Godel (2019 vintage)
The fourth of six old vines wines in the Aviron Cru Beaujolais series. Chénas to the north of Beaujolais is small and in Aviron’s hands a most gregarious, open-knit and florally explosive example. Expansive aromatics, full fruit exposure, layers of palate covering and all it really wants to do is please. Dances across the tongue, turns cartwheels across the floor and fills the mouth with fruit energy. Drink early though, there are almost no tannins to speak of. Ironic in that the name derives from oak forests and wood too is not a factor. Drink 2021-2023. Tasted March 2021.
92 points - John Szabo, MS (2019 vintage)
This is a Chenas of real depth and succulence, generosity and density of fruit, very ripe, while still respecting the freshness of gamay and the region. There's a real liquor-like density of the grape here, also stemmy-leafy character in line with the appellation. Length and depth are quite exceptional. There's a terrific amount of wine here for the money. Tasted March 2021.