Stephane Aviron Chenas Vieilles Vignes 2016
This lovely Gamay from the village of Chenas was a highlight at the 2015 Burgundy tasting hosted by Frederick Wildman & Sons. Winemaker Stéphane Aviron produces this 'commune Beaujolais' from pre-phylloxera vines that average 100+ years from a 13.6 acre parcel that he has been nurturing since 1993. The soil is light and made up mostly of sand and small pebbles over a layer of clay and quartz. The old vines, poor soils and biodynamic farming combine for incredibly low yields and highly concentrated grapes. Aviron, who hails from the Beaujolais region, is dedicated to producing wines from old vines, organic agriculture and vinifies using classic Burgundian techniques. Aged for 12 months in a combination of 1 to 4 year old oak barrels, this expressive Chenas is full of red fruits, mint and flowers, flitting across and around the palate. Our overall impression was that Stéphane achieved such beautiful finesse across the board in his 2015s and it was honestly difficult to narrow our purchases to a few villages, as we wanted to buy them all!
Bottle ShopRed fruits, mint and flowers flit around the palate in an utterly charming style. This medium-bodied Gamay will pair really well with salmon simmered in a light cherry or cranberry and red wine sauce, with lightly seasoned lamb chops, roasted chicken, fine cheeses and more. Winemaker Stephane Aviron achieved such beautiful finesse across the board in his 2015s. This is a great example.