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PAUL-HENRI THILLARDON blemont chenas 2018

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Gourmand and inviting, the 2018 Chénas Les Blemonts soars from the glass with aromas of cherries, wild berries, rose petals and orange rind. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a supple attack, melting tannins and a textural, fleshy profile. This, too, is already hard to resist. - wine advoacte issue 244

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about the producer PAUL-HENRI THILLARDON
contemporary beaujolais is rife with opportunity – overlooked terroirs, abandoned vines, appellations ripe for rehabilitation. but few young vignerons have committed to such ambitious challenges as brothers paul-henri and charles thillardon, who have positioned themselves as the future of beaujolais' smallest, sleepiest cru, chénas. in 2008, paul-henri thillardon began making wine from 3ha of vineyards, with the conviction that chénas has always been unjustifiably overshadowed by moulin-à-vent. he has slowly added new parcels to form the 12ha he works today. from the start, he has farmed organically, working some of the vineyards with a horse and using biodynamic treatments. in 2009, he met fleurie winemakers and lynchpins of the fleurie natural winemaking scene, jean-louis dutraive and yvon métras, who took the young paul-henri under their wing. until 2015, paul-henri partially destemmed most cuvées and practiced a more burgundian vinification. starting in 2014, he decided to switch to semi-carbonic, and then went fully cool semi-carbonic in 2015, following in the footsteps of his mentors. with the dedication and attention to detail of the thillardons, the future of natural chénas is in good hands