Highlights: Domaine Chapel Beaujolais Villages 2018

I visited David Chapel and Michel-Smith Chapel in their new winery in 2018. They’d only recently started out: 2016 was the debut with a small quantity of wine made at Lapierre, where they’d been working. From the outset, the hallmark of these wines has been utter elegance. I bought a couple of bottles of this: even though I have a lot of wine, I love drinking this sort of Beaujolais, that’s naturally made and elegant.

Domaine Chapel Beaujolais-Villages 2018 France
12.5% alcohol. Naturally made, this is quite special. It’s pure and focused, with an aroma of sweet herbs and cherries, and a bit of spice. In the mouth, there’s some silkiness to the texture, but also a lovely perimeter-edge of fine spices and dried herbs, with some grainy structure. Finesse, elegance and purpose here, capturing the exciting side of Gamay, with its elegance but also some wildness, although there’s no hint of a fault here. 93/100 (UK agent, Uncharted Wines)

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