Domaine des Pontheux Chiroubles 2015, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France

This three-hectare domain is owned by the Meziat family, and has been handed down from father to son since 1889. Chiroubles is the highest cru in Beaujolais, rising to 450 meters above sea level at its peak. This Domaine’s vineyards face south-southwest on steep slopes at 400 meters altitude, and the soil is a mix of granite and sand, giving one of the lightest, purest styles of Beaujolais. The wine was fermented at 28-32ºC, then after malolactic fermentation was aged in tank rather than oak, to preserve all the floral nuance of the aromas. Bright aromas of red berry fruit, especially blackcurrant and red grapes, are followed by a mellow, medium-bodied palate with typical delicacy and floral notes.