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.
Dark black cherry color with purple. Deep, ripe aromas of black cherry with a hint of black pepper. Very good weight; fleshy and round, very soft and harmonious. Delicious now or could be kept a few years.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
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