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Domaine Chapel Beaujolais-Villages
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Domaine David Chapel

Domaine Chapel Beaujolais-Villages

Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Grape: Gamay
Colour: Red
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 12.5%
Vintage: 2017

David Chapel and his wife Michele Smith-Chapel are reimagining Juliénas.  Long associated with burly, tannic, over-oaked wines they have taken a different approach and inspired by David’s time working at Domaine Lapierre have harnessed the benefit of cool, carbonic macerations and gentle élevage.  Their first vintage in 2016 was vinified chez Lapierre and the hands-off approach is evident in this pure-fruited style of wine, where the natural substance of Juliénas is captured neatly without dominating the wine’s structure.

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 Michelle ran wine programmes for various starred restaurants in her native New York.  The two came together by chance when Michelle 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. 

Total crush here in 2017 was just 17 tons, so they are starting small.  All winemaking is very low extraction, with carbonic maceration, no pigeage, and no punching down: just keeping the cap wet.  The style here is really elegant, and as Chapel gains more experience and makes more wine, this will be a Domaine to watch.

PRODUCER NOTES

David Chapel and his wife Michele Smith-Chapel are reimagining Juliénas.  Long associated with burly, tannic, over-oaked wines they have taken a different approach and inspired by David’s time working at Domaine Lapierre have harnessed the benefit of cool, carbonic macerations and gentle élevage.  Their first vintage in 2016 was vinified chez Lapierre and the hands-off approach is evident in this pure-fruited style of wine, where the natural substance of Juliénas is captured neatly without dominating the wine’s structure.

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 Michelle ran wine programmes for various starred restaurants in her native New York.  The two came together by chance when Michelle 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. 

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

Total crush here in 2017 was just 17 tons, so they are starting small.  All winemaking is very low extraction, with carbonic maceration, no pigeage, and no punching down: just keeping the cap wet.  The style here is really elegant, and as Chapel gains more experience and makes more wine, this will be a Domaine to watch.