Domaine Chignard

Even after many successful years practicing his craft, fourth-generation vigneron Michel Chignard claims to be a novice. He is a modest man, kind and courteous, but in every aspect of his winemaking one clearly sees a passionate perfectionist. In 2007 Michel turned the management of the family domaine over to his son Cédric, who is carrying on this philosophy with great pride and has already managed to prove himself in his first few vintages. The Chignard family is also blessed with vineyards in one of the best sites of the Fleurie appellation, Les Moriers, an arrowhead-shaped parcel that juts right down into Moulin-à-Vent vines. Their eight hectares of vineyards are over sixty years old, keeping yields naturally low. These old-vine root systems also run very deep, accessing minerals from the granite subsoil and giving Chignard's Fleurie a trademark goût de terroir and great freshness.

While many critics attribute Michel's success to the soil, Kermit would argue that his traditionalist stance on vineyard management and winemaking is essential to craft such great wines. As ardent defenders of traditional Beaujolais methods, the Chignards take a minimalist approach in both the vineyards and the cellar. The finished wines couldn't be more reflective of Les Moriers' splendid location: light and playful, with deep, ripe fruit and finesse. The Chignards have recently started making wine from another Beaujolais cru, Juliénas, which produces a beautiful, high-toned wine in keeping with the style of the domaine. La Revue du Vin claims that the aromas from their wines evoke memories of the great Chambolle-Musignys from Burgundy, to the North...but who's to say, maybe they got it reversed.

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Domaine Chignard 'Les Moriers' Fleurie 2017
Winery Notes Les Moriers is the favored site in the grand cru appellation Fleurie. Chignard is considered its master vintner. Pretty to the nose, luscious on the palate, this is an unfiltered blend. The Chignard family is blessed with vineyards in one of the best sites of the Fleurie appellation,
Item Number: 30797

Domaine Chignard 'Beauvernay' Julienas 2016
Winery Notes“This cru Beaujolais comes from a granite hillside vineyard with sixty-year-old vines. It has beautiful aromas, high-toned fruit, and finesse along with floral and spice notes – a true Chignard classic. Enjoy now or ponder in five years.“
Item Number: 26641
Case: $239.40

Domaine Chignard 'Les Moriers' Fleurie 2016
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92-93"Plenty of fruit and stone character with wonderful minerality yet round tannins and ripe fruit. Already very balanced. Richness and freshness in check."~J.S.

Domaine Chignard 'Les Moriers' Fleurie 2015
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95“Aromas of black cherries and blueberries in addition to violets and granite. This is very structured with tension and polished tannins. Wonderful length and finesse. Try in 2020.”~J.S.

Domaine Chignard 'Beauvernay' Julienas 2015
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "This powerful rich wine is finely structured and concentrated. It has weight from solid tannins that contrast with the high tones of the ripe red-cherry fruits. From a single parcel, this cru wine is dense, both firm and fresh. Drink from late 2017."   Vinous Media 92

Domaine Chignard 'Les Moriers' Fleurie 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2014 Fleurie les Moriers has a wonderful, floral bouquet with wilted rose petals and violets infusing the pure red berry fruit that is well defined and gains intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good weight in the mouth and a gradual build