Tasted in La Chapelle de Guinchay with Charlotte Perrachon, 13 February 2020.
Château Bonnet – EARL Vins Pierre-Yves Perrachon
71570 La Chapelle de Guinchay
Tel: +33 3 85 36 70 41
Charlotte on 2019:
“A good year, happy! We had some important losses particularly in Chénas where we lost more than a third – 25 hl/ha roughly – due to frost. But a vintage of delicacy and finesse – a very fruity vintage. St.Amour for example had no frost so it’s really by sector – for the domaine it’s about 30% less.”
Charlotte on 2018:
“All is now bottled, but not yet labelled. Finished the last bottlings in January. We’re happy as they already taste good. Luckily had no problem with finishing fermentations – both 18 and 19… We also cooled everything down to 15°C during the harvest so that the fermentations started slowly, so very satisfied.”
Clean energetic fine wines – as usual!
2018 Chénas Chat au Bonnet Rouge
Bottled just before harvest – the next wine was one in January.
A modest (the wine is cold) but elegant fruit rises from the glass. Bright, fresh, energetic, a touch saline. Really a juicy finish and quite long in an open and approachable style. That’s very tasty wine!
2018 Chénas Le Clos
More elevage and a little more extraction during fermentation.
More vibration of aroma here – this is very attractive and complex with a little graphite-minerality impression. A little more volume, certainly more depth to this texture – concentration too. Remaining fresh and juicy. That’s really excellent – I like this a lot!
Produced since 2006. Because of our geology we are looking for suppleness and elegance. Vines on the hillside next to Julienas, quite high altitude. 2.65 ha in Bousset lieu dit top left. All tank, not all whole cluster, from majority old vines with small grapes. Extract a little less vs a Chénas for example. Never a full yield here. We don’t extract hard here, aiming for finesse.
Bright, floral, fresh, some pyrazine in the mix. Very open yet also mouth-filling, a slight cushion to the texture – the salinity and faint pyrazine work through the flavours, but also a lovely red fruit of freshness. Lovely wine – elegantly styled.
Vines very close to those in St.Amour. Two sectors, Gonards is the main. About 50 year-old vines.
Much more depth of aroma, but nothing reductive – slowly growing with fresh dark-red fruit. A little extra depth of both concentration and texture. More tannin but really micro-grained and ripe. This is a beautifully put together wine – volume, depth and very, very tasty – bravo!
2018 Moulin à Vent
A little extra in the higher-tones – it’s complex here and a little floral too – tighter below through. Really wide – the tannin with a little more presence. Wide and complex finish – this is excellent again – that’s a great, persistent finish too.
2018 Moulin à Vent Chien de Garde
Bottled before the harvest. 2/3 destemmed, concrete tanks, a few pigeages and then a grill fitted. The wine then in barrel for 12 months.
A much more, large nose – quite vibrant, floral, also quite oaky. A little sweeter, more concentrated, very fine tannin – and plenty – but not really drying. A wine of presence and complexity – I’d wait another couple of years for the oak to properly diminish, but it could be great – it’s certainly already excellent! The finish is powerful but also mouth-watering.
2019 Chat au Bonnet Blanc
Vines in the gravels, no limestone here. A tank sample. Some pre-fermentation maceration – this was cooled to 7°C
Not a deep colour, but a nose that’s very aromatically perfumed, round and inviting. In the mouth lots of volume – a wine that belies its colour. Plenty of energy and tasty flavour – to watch out for, I think delicious!
Here the nose is more compact – there’s some salinity and a suggestion of faint pyrazine florals, but not much more. Gas. Big, fresh – oh there’s energy here. But really a wine of mouth-filling volume and open flavour. To wait for but with interest to see what develops.