Grand Cru Selections

Domaine Chapel Current Releases

Domaine Chapel Current releases

 

Smith-Chapel Bourgogne Aligoté

The Smith-Chapel Aligote is made from organic Aligoté Doré from Fixin in the Côte de Nuits. (Jean-Marc Roulot helped them source it.) The soil is a blend of marl and limestone. The wine fermented with only indigenous yeasts, vinified and aged in inox, and was bottled unfined/unfiltered. They only made 1,200 bottles for their inaugural vintage (2018) and the US is getting half of the total production. The label was inspired by the old street signs that have never been replaced in the Beaujolais. In that way, it’s something ordinary, familiar and part of daily life, like aligoté.

Starting with the '18 Aligote, the Smith-Chapel label will be used to distinguish between purchased grapes and wines made from parcels Michele and David farm themselves. Everything under the Smith-Chapel label is from organically grown fruit from Beaujolais and its surrounding regions.

Chiroubles

In January of 2018, David and Michele began working 2 hectares of vines in the Beaujolais Cru of Chiroubles. The wine is an assemblage of two high altitude (average 400 meters), steeply-sloped parcels: Saint-Roch & Poullet. Each parcel is about 1 hectare in size, each east-facing and planted to high density, gobelet trained vines. The land is worked organically and by hand. The average vine age of Saint-Roch is 55 years, and Poullet varies between 40 & 60 years old. The bedrock is granite and the soil is a blend of pink granite, sandstone and weathered rock fragments. 2018 is the first release.

The whole cluster bunches go through a semi-carbonic maceration with their indigenous yeasts. The grapes fermented as whole berries for 3 weeks before being pressed. The 2018 had thick skins and small berries due to a proportion of millerandage in the Saint-Roch parcel, resulting in a darker juice. The wine was aged for 8 months in cuve and bottled unfiltered.

Beaujolais Villages

The vines for the Beaujolais-Villages are in the village of Lantignié, high up in the hills and bordering the cru of Régnié. Lantigníe is considered the top village for Beaujolais-Villages because of its high elevation. (There is also a movement behind it to make it the next Cru of Beaujolais.) This wine is inspired by the type of wine that would be served in a traditional Lyonnais bouchon or bistro, or poured at a dinner table with friends. It is low in alcohol, has bright acidity, and is red fruited. David and Michele's goal is to make you wish you ordered a magnum of it.

The wine is fermented whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and aged in cuve. There are no punch downs or pump overs.

Julienas "Cote de Bessay"

The grapes come from just under three hectares of high density, gobelet trained vines in Juliénas, in the lieu-dit “Côte de Bessay.” The Côte de Bessay is a contiguous, south east-facing parcel that borders the northern cru of Saint-Amour. The vine age averages between 40-65 years and the soil is a mix of granite and pierres bleues, a type of dark blue metamorphic rock.

The wine is fermented whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and aged in cuve. There are no punch downs or pump overs.