The Hirsch Chénas is a tour de force, offering soft dark red fruit, chalky minerality, spices, black pepper, all on a medium fat structure that ends in a nice finish. Truly a gorgeous and easy drinking yet serious wines, meant to be enjoyed on their own or with food year-round.
Born in Alsace, Céline and Nicolas quickly fell in love with wine and with each other. They headed South to the Beaujolais region, where they also fell for the gnarly old Gamay vines of an estate in Chénas. They now farm 4 hectares (9.88 acres) of old-vine, densely planted Gamay, varying from 35 to 90 years of age, growing on steep granitic, sandy soils.
At harvest, everything is hand-picked to focus on quality, and the wines undergo fermentation via wild yeasts in cement tanks. Some cuvees see oak, but the key here is transparency of terroir. At bottling, there’s only a light filtering, and no fining.
Needless to say, this is a gorgeous and easy drinking yet serious wine, meant to be enjoyed on its own or with food year-round.
Winery/Producer: Domaine Hirsch - Céline et Nicolas Hirsch
Grape(s): 100% Gamay
Style: Red, dry
Origin: Chénas, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted. Fermented whole cluster with wild yeasts in cement tanks for 2 weeks. Bottling with minimal filtering, and no fining.
Aging: 6 months in stainless steel.
% ABV: 12.5%