Gamay 42, Thillardon Chessignol Chénas 2014

I visited Thillardon back in May 2016, and then caught up with the brothers in April this year. I really like their wines, and they are – in my opinion – competing at the top in Beaujolais. Biodynamic farming and sensitive hands-0ff winemaking result in some lovely wines. This is a bottle I bought back with me in 2016, which I opened a few nights ago here in Blenheim, New Zealand. It was drinking beautifully.

Thillardon Chassignol Chénas 2014 Beaujolais, France
From granite and quartz soils from a special terroir in Chénas, worked by horse. This is lovely stuff, with a serious, brooding nose of black cherries, earth and spice, with a hint of gamey wildness. The palate is taut with good acidity, some tar and earth hints, and a vivid core of blackberry and black cherry. It’s quite structured and grainy with a stony edge, but also has lovely fruit. Finishes grippy and backwards but with lots of promise for the future. 94/100

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