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.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Dark ruby. Mineral-laced blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of violet candy and licorice. Sappy, densely packed black raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend power and finesse and pick up a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Closes very long, broad and appealingly sweet, displaying building tannins and an echo of ripe blue fruit.
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