Chénas with driving minerality and vibrant fruit. Delicious and incredibly refreshing drinking.
Handpicked, organically farmed Gamay from vines planted on sandy, granitic soils. Chénas is the smallest of the 10 Beaujolais Crus, typically producing wines with aromatic lift, intensity on the palate, and ageability. Thevenet produces a natural style of Beaujolais, with minimal SO2 added at bottling. This is a pure fruited Chénas, with mineral, graphite texture on the palate.
Wine: ANTHONY THEVENET Chénas 2018
Producer: Anthony Thevenet
Region/Country: Chenas, Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Natural
Style: Bright, crunchy and pure
Pairing Suggestion: Game, vegetable dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
Anthony Thevenet’s interpretation of Beaujolais is a unique combination of wines from decades past and today’s trend of voluptuously fruity, early-drinking renditions with a serious edge. After cutting his teeth in the cellar of Georges Descombes, one of the local veterans of natural winemaking, followed by five years as the right hand man of Jean Foillard, one of the true luminaries of Beaujolais, he went out on his own.