Chénas 2016

Stéphane Aviron

Terroir: The Stéphane Aviron Chenas is produced from pre-phylloxera vines that average over 100 years old from a 13.6 acre parcel that Stephan Aviron has been producing from since 1993. The soil is light and made up mostly of sand and small pebbles over a layer of clay and quartz. The old vines and pour soils combine for incredibly low yields and highly concentrated grapes.

Vinification: The Chenas is vinified using traditional methods, with absolutely no carbonic maceration. The must is macerated for 12-14 days prior in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged for 12 months in a combination of 1 to 4 year old oak barrels.

Additional Information

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chenas
  • Winemaker: Stéphane Aviron
  • Sustainability: Biodynamic Practices
  • Soil: Sand, clay, quartz pebbles
  • Vineyard Acreage: 13.6 acres
  • Avg Vine Age: 100+ years
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Gamay

Recent Press

  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
    "One of the more open-knit wines in Aviron's portfolio, the 2016 Chénas Vieilles Vignes reveals notes of strawberry, licorice and red fruit compote, followed by a juicy, medium-bodied palate."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Review Online Author: Michael Apstein
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    Stphane Aviron makes wines from many of the crus of Beaujolais, the ten villages that have the potential to produce distinctive wines that stand apart from those labeled Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages. (Indeed, wines from these villages rarely put Beaujolais on the label.) One of the things I love about his wines is their transparency, which is to say, the possibility of seeing through the grape variety he uses to the place where he grows them. Take this Chnas, the smallest of the 10 crus, for example. Characteristic of the wines from that village, its meaty and bold with an ever so slightly charming rustic texture. Its an excellent choice for a hearty slow-simmered stew.

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