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Piron Chenas Quartz 2016

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 93 Points
Country:France
Region:Beaujolais
Winery:Dominique Piron
Grape Type:Gamay
Vintage:2016
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Piron Chenas Quartz is made from 100% Gamay - 60+ years old .

The Chenas Cru is the smallest Beaujolais Cru, not bigger than Côte Rôtie. This is a rare wine. The estate's unique parcel spreads over 22.2 acres of vines on a very steep slope facing East, situated between 310 and 380 meters above sea level. Granitic soils are covered with Quartz crystals and give the wine its own personality.

The vineyard is co-owned by Domnique Piron and Christian Lameloise, whose family owned Lameloise restaurant in Burgundy (3*** Michelin). Decanter classified the wine in the 3 best best bottles of Crus Beaujolais in 2015 (vintage 2013).

Hand harvest, sorting table, part destemming. A first stage of semi carbonic maceration during few days is followed by a more classic Burgundy maceration with « remontages » and « pigeages », for a total of 18-20 days, depending on the vintage.
30% of the wine are aged in recent French oak foundre and oak barrels (no new oak) during 12 months to bring roundness and complexity to the final assemblage.

Pairs well with complex dishes, meats, leaver, and why not a little pigeon with peas and diced bacon.

Review:

"Beautifully attractive violets and red flowers here, carrying a very fresh impression, as well as an exciting and vibrant yet elegant finish. Exceptionally pure and focused. Drink or hold."

- James Suckling (February 2019), 93 pts


Winery: Dominique Piron


The oldest known ancestor of Dominique Piron, Etienne Bailly, was born around 1590 in Morgon, under the reign of King Henry III, in full wars of religion. 3 centuries of family Bailly and Piron followed one another, producing and selling wine from Gamay to Morgon.

Today, a new story is being written. With know-how, roots and terroirs, Dominique Piron has created a Domain among the leaders of the region.

At Maison Piron, there is no "recipe", but a multitude of possibilities and combinations, depending on the knowledge of the terroirs, the appellation, and the purpose. Grapes of quality that are ripe and representative of their soil, a severe sorting if necessary, a partial destemming depending on the maturity of the stalks, some "pigeages" and pumping over, lengths of fermentation depending on terroirs, appellations, and vintages. Few technical interventions. The major idea is "permanent adaptation to the elements". Piron wines are traditional. They express the soil from which they come from. It is a compromise between the search for the best tannins and the preservation of finesse, elegance and purity. A moderate maturation in barrels brings roundness without being overwhelming.

Date Founded: 1590


Owner: Dominique PIRON - Julien REVILLON


Starting with the Romans, wine growing has developed since the 3rd century. Dominique Piron’s oldest known ancestor was born in Morgon in 1590. Since then, there have been 14 generations of wine growers in the family. Morgon and Moulin à Vent wines have long been renowned among France’s finest wines.

Dominique Piron

1590 Oldest known ancestor Etienne Bailly, winemaker in Morgon
1950 Born in Côte du Py ; 14th generation in Morgon
1968 University of Dijon
1971 First vintage
1988 First grapes bought in Beaujolais
2003 Chenas with Lameloise
2016 President of the Interbeaujolais Bureau


Julien Revillon
1973 Born in Beaujolais
1997 Master of Wine Trade in Dijon
1998-2004 Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne
2005 Colombo in Rhône Valley
2013 Domaines Piron, Beaujolais

Winery Acreage: 234.75


Winery Production: 66,700 / 9L cases


Varietals Produced: Gamay noir (97%), Chardonnay (3%)


In a vineyard with difficult terrain− 30% steep slopes and a virtual patchwork of parcels, Dominique Piron is engaged in sustainable winegrowing. On winegrowing land filled with old broken-down granite and schist, the watchwords are natural balance and biodiversity.
For vinification, their goal is to create terroir wines, wines of character, that remain fruity, subtle and elegant.

Gamay is the heart and soul of Beaujolais crus. 
A cross between the Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc varieties, Gamay was originally imported from Croatia by the Huns in the 4th century. Gamay is a delicate variety and it is either excellent or nothing at all. At any rate, Gamay is a quite remarkable variety because it can either be enjoyed young for its fruitiness and elegance, or allowed to age, developing the structure and mineral qualities so appreciated by connoisseurs.

Morgon, the image of Dominique Piron.
Morgon wines are solid but never hard. They are racy and elegant. They always have a slight hint of black cherry (some would say kirsch, as the wine ages), and bright spicy notes. With their great structure, Morgon wines keep very well. Morgon, a sure value.

Eight other appellations, including Brouilly, Regnié, Fleurie, Chénas, Moulin à Vent, Saint Amour, Beaujolais rouge, rosé and white with the Chardonnay variety. 
Domaines Piron, the specialist in Morgon. 
A leading Beaujolais enterprise. 
An international reputation with wines sold in 30 countries worldwide.


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