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Domaine Paul-Henri Thillardon Chenas Chassignol 2018  - First Bottle


95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The Thillardon brothers' 2018 Chénas Chassignol continues to show beautifully, offering up pretty aromas of red berries, candied peel, rose petals and spices that are more expressive than they were last year, just after bottling. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concerted, with a multidimensional core, understated concentration, melting tannins and a long, resonant finish. Delicate but intense, this exquisitely elegant Chénas is produced from organically farmed old vines.
93 Vinous -
The 2018 Chénas Chassignol comes from 3.5 hectares of century-old vines behind the winery and spent an additional year in bottle before it was released onto the market. Gorgeous brambly red berry fruit on the nose intermixes with blood orange and wilted rose petals. The well-balanced palate offers crisp acidity and orange-peel-infused red fruit. A touch of white pepper and clove lends another dimension toward the finish. Excellent.

Technical Details

  • BlendGamay
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBeaujolais
  • AppellationChenas
  • VineyardChassignol
  • Farming MethodBiodynamic Practices
  • Aging/CooperageAging in concrete vats, enamelled steel and old barrels of 228L, 400L and 600L
  • Alcohol12%

Domaine Paul-Henri Thillardon Chenas Chassignol 2018

Gamay  |  France
WA95, VN93

Biodynamic Practices

Domaine Paul-Henri Thillardon is based in Chassignol – roughly halfway between Lyon and Beaune (and only about 25 miles from Geneva.) Here, brothers Paul-Henri and Charles have built up 4 hectares to call their own, with 80-100-year-old vines that have been farmed organically (implementing biodynamics as well) since the very beginning. Paul-Henri had long felt that Moulin-Au-Vent unjustly overshadowed Chénas – with vineyards built on similar granite and quartz-based soils that add power and structure to the gamay noir grape. With just over 250 hectares, and only 120 producers, it is understandable that Chénas never matched Moulin’s notoriety, but nevertheless, this is a wine worthy of attention.

This offering is delightfully assertive – not to mention bright, spicy, and quite rich, all with a vibrant acidity to keep things robust. Fresh and intense, with a savory, peppery edge, and loads of red florals and berry fruits ranging from peonies and roses to red currants, cherries, and raspberries. Long and dry on the finish, with plenty of structure suitable for cellaring. The vinification is traditionally Burgundian, with de-stemmed fruit, whole berry maceration, and a noticeably delicate extraction. Sulfur is added in small amounts at bottling, but these are about as old-school, naturally made, and straight-up delicious as you’ll find in Beaujolais wines today.

About the Producer

Domaine Paul-Henri Thillardon is a winery located in the Beaujolais region of France. It was started by Paul-Henri Thillardon in the 1980s and is now run by his sons, Pierre and Stéphane. They specialize in producing Gamay wines from the Chénas appellation, and also make a bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their wines are known for being well-balanced and really showcasing the unique terroir of the Chénas region. The winery is also big on sustainable practices and has gotten lots of recognition for their wines both in France and internationally.