90 Plus Cellars Chénas Cru du Beaujolais
Not all Beaujolais is basic. And, more wine lovers are figuring that out with every passing vintage. The Crus of Beaujolais are given their own unique name reserved only for bottles made with Gamay grapes grown in a specific region with a climate and soil combination that results in a distinct wine personality.
There are ten Crus in total: St-Amour, Julienas, Chénas, Moulin-a-vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly, and Cote de Brouilly. Unlike most common Beaujolais, the quality of these wines allow for aging of up to 5 years and sometimes more. Chénas is a small appellation that takes its name from the forests of oak trees (chênes in French) that once dotted the surrounding hillsides. Chénas wines are among the heaviest in Beaujolais, and are known for their floral, earthy characters and ageability. Chénas, along with Moulin-a-Vent, is one of the most highly-regarded Beaujolais cru wines.
Balanced and fresh with an earthy intensity and delicate, floral aromas. This is the ideal bottle to open with barbecued spare ribs, a smoky red lentil soup with rosemary, or a simple baguette and cheese.