This wine is very close to perfection when it comes to pleasing a crowd. I brought some home to my roommate and her friends, and they gushed. It’s an absolute delight - one of those wines that make you smile with satisfaction upon the first taste.
The 2005 vintage in Beaujolais was pretty remarkable, and this 2006 is also showing extremely well. It’s made of 100% Gamay and comes from the cru appellation of Fleurie which, as the name implies, stands for “flowery”. Cru Beaujolais is the highest classification in the region. It must be said that cru Beaujolais is not Beaujolais nouveau (the highly marketed wine released the 3rd Thursday in November). Where the nouveau style is made for simple quaffing, a cru Beaujolais will have more body, complexity and ageability.
The Chignard has a stunning nose of flowers and ripe summer berries and cherries with more earthy notes coming through on the palate. It is super fresh and delivers a true Cru style of fantastic fruit and good tannins. It showed a genuine sense of place through pure expression of the Gamay grape. I’d easily liken this wine to Harry Belafonte – smooth and elegant with depth and originality. Overall, classic summer fun!