If ever there was a story to tell behind a Domaine, then David and Michele should be front and centre. David was born into high-end gastronomy, the son of Alain Chapel the patriarch of the nouvelle cuisine movement in France and Michele ran wine programmes for various starred restaurants in her native New York. The two came together by chance when Michele was in the region on holiday, before they spent time back in New York then settled in Beaujolais where they’ve recently built their own cellars.
The first vintage produced was Juliénas ‘Côte de Bessay’ 2016, we were lucky to get a little parcel and it was probably the most universally well-received wine we’ve ever imported (we’re not sure how many bottles made it to the tables compared to post-service glasses.) In 2017 a Beaujolais-Villages sourced from the village of Lantignié, all wild strawberries truly once again showing the potential of a lesser known/loved village. In 2018 Aligoté (the first white) joins which is released under a new Smith-Chapel label, vinified from organic fruit from Fixin. Being the first time a white had been fermented in the cuverie the ferment was started with a bucket of Aligoté from one of Meursault’s greatest winemakers…
Fleurie and Chiroubles will follow later this year, we are excited!