Jean-Claude Chanudet and his wife Geneviève (Chamonard) at Domaine Chamonard are making some of the finiest wines in the Beaujolais. His father-in-law, Joseph Chamonard, was farming with organic methods and making wine in the Chauvet style along with his friends in Morgon, Guy Breton, Jean Thevenet, Marcel Lapierre and Jean Foillard. The 4 hectare estate is farmed with great care, although not certified organic, fermentations are with wild yeasts and aging is in large old casks and foudres. The wines are enjoyable young but have a great ability to age, even for 10 to 20 years. The 2009 here was particularly successful, with better acidity and balance than most others and the 2010 is outstanding. The aromas are lovely with strawberry confit, plum, citrus, spice and floral notes. The palate is medium-bodied with earthy acidity and deep black and red fruits. More asutere than the 2009, this is a well structured wine that can be enjoyed now, but will benefit from 2 or 3 years of aging and should then keep for many more. Highly recommended.
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