Chénas, whose name comes from the granite slopes once planted with oak, is the rarest of the 10 Beaujolais vintages. It is known to be "a wreath of flowers placed in a velvet basket".
Nose:Flattering, floral aromas with ripe fruit (blackcurrant, cherry) that then give way to subtle woody and spicy notes.
Taste:Concentrated, but tender. It is typical of its appellation, with finesse and aromatic complexity.
Food-wine pairings:Best enjoyed on a plate of parsley ham, coq au vin or a lamb shank.
Ageing: 1 to 5 years
Serve between: 13 and 15°C