Jean-Luc's Chiroubles comes from a parcel of old Gamay vines planted on the southeast-facing pink granite slopes of the lieu-dit Chatenay, just west of the village. This limpid, saturated ruby-red wine is great Burgundy, so use a good large glass if you can. In the glass, the wine is a saturated ruby red. Ripe raspberries and blueberries emerge in the nose, along with plump wild cherries, and a suggestion of white pepper and clean fresh hay. On the palate, the wine is structured and harmonious, like a ripe vintage Côte de Beaune Pinot Noir, with mineral-laced red fruit flavors that echo the nose, and evolve over time to include just-rained-on wet granite and black tea.
About this wine producer: In 2004, Richard Brague bought the old, magnificent (if thoroughly run-down) Domaine Vavril, with the intention of renovating the centuries-old buildings, and restoring the property's winery and five hectares of vineyards. Jean-Luc Ducruix, a 24-year old wunderkind winegrower from the village nearby, joined Domaine Vavril in 2005, and with Brague's support, has expanded the estate to its current 14 hectares, including holdings in the Cru Beaujolais appellations of Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles, Régnié, Morgon, and Moulin à Vent. The majority of the vines at the estate are between 45-85 years old, with some over 100 years of age. In 2016, Jean-Luc formed the Syndicat des Vignerons de Beaujeu with two other winegrowers in town. Today, there are sixteen members, and Jean-Luc serves as the group's president.