2000 Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles


In practically every Beaujolais report, I remind readers that some Beaujolais wines have a propensity to mature in bottle as well as any Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or. A recent magnum poured at a dinner in Beaune during the week of Burgfest proved that.

The 2000 Chiroubles from Domaine Cheysson is an absolute peach. Limpid in color, it has a delightful nose of Morello cherries, crushed strawberry and iodine, slowly moving into secondary, forest floor scents and hints of wild fennel. The palate offers plenty of ripe Gamay fruit, a sweet core of black cherries, black olives and saliva-inducing salinity. What I really appreciate is the weight and balance of this Chiroubles on the finish. There’s structure and grip that will ensure it will continue to drink well for another 15-20 years. 92/Drink 2023-2036.

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