The vineyards dedicated to Chardonnay are composed of the classic clay – limestone composition that provides the perfect ambience to produce the grand wines of Burgundy. The Gamay in the vineyards in Saint Amour, this famed cru in the Beaujolais, is planted essentially in sand, schist and granite.
All harvesting at the Domaine Cheveau is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel-by-parcel. Fermentation and aging is done either in barrel or stainless steel tank depending on the particular terroir of each site. Overall production is approximately 60,000 bottles per annum.
|Beaujolais-Villages Or Rouge: The vineyards are situated in Saint Amour in the lieu-dit known as “En Rontey”. The vines are an average age of fifty (50) years and are planted in soils that are composed of sand and schist. At harvest the grapes undergo a brief cold maceration before pressing and fermentation. The cuvaison is about 12 days in length; both pigeage and remontage are practiced, the extent of which, however, is determined by the particular conditions of the vintage. After fermentation, the wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 or so months before bottling. This wine is deeply colored, concentrated and firm with savory notes of ripe cherries (red and black). Only 150 cases of this lovely red are imported for the US market.|
|Saint Amour Les Champs Grillés Cru de Beaujolais: The “Champs Grillés” lieu-dit is situated in the heart of the Saint Amour appellation on soil composed of sand and schist. The average age of the vines are 70 years (as of 2011) with some as old as 90 years. The grapes are hand-harvested, subject to multiple “tries” (both in the field and on a sorting table); then, the grapes are destemmed, a brief cold maceration is done to extract color and aroma, followed by a 12-day cuvaison with regular pigeage and remontage. The wine is aged in stainless steel and bottled within a year of the harvest. Approximately 250 cases per annum are available for the US market.|
|Macon-Chaintré Le Clos: This single-vineyard site is in the southernmost village (Chaintré) in the Maconnais. The vines are young (of an average age of 10 years as of 2011). After a manual harvest, the grapes are pressed pneumatically and a long, slow, temperature-controlled fermentation occurs in the underground cellars of the domaine. Chapitalisation is avoided except when absolutely necessary. The wine is aged in stainless steel on the fine lees for eight months before undergoing a light filtration at the moment of bottling. The Macon-Chaintré “Le Clos” is consistently marked by notes of citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit) with a lively acidity, fruit blossom aromas and excellent balance. We purchase three hundred cases per year of this cuvée.|
|Macon-Davayé “Les Belouzes”: Made from a 1-hectare parcel in Davayé, right on the border with Pouilly. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and left to age on the fine lees for 8 months. Planted in 2011, the vines are quite young, which is evident by this wine’s lively and relaxed personality. Still, there is a profound mineral streak in this wine that should only grow more profound as these vines age over the next decades. We receive a mere 100 cases of this cuvee each year.|
|Macon-Fuissé Les Grandes Bruyeres: Approximately 6000 bottles are produced annually from 40 year-old vines in the village of Fuissé. Planted to limestone-clay soils, these vineyards produce a typically generous, rich wine from this village famed for its ideal setting that yields some of the finest wines of the Maconnais. In this instance, after fermentation, the wine is raised in stainless steel but left in contact with the fine lees for one year. Virtually the entire production of this wine is dedicated to the US market.|
|Macon-Solutré-Pouilly Sur Le Mont: The third in a group of three single-vineyard village-designated wines of Macon, this offering is the most elegant and complex of the trio. From vineyards in the Cheveau’s home village of Solutré-Pouilly, the vines are still young at 15 to 20 years of age. A vibrant, precise wine with excellent minerality and length, the elevage is done in stainless steel with lees contact for eight months prior to bottling. Approximately 300 cases are imported for sale in the USA.|
|St. Veran Terroir Davayé: Again, from younger vines of 15 to 20 years of age, this wine is sourced from vineyards in the village of Davayé, part of the Saint Veran appellation. A very limited production wine (approximately 100 cases are available annually for the US market) that is fermented and then aged in stainless steel for eight or so months before being bottled. A fine, dry, restrained wine of finesse with excellent length and clear expression of terroir.|
|The Pouilly-Fuisse “Au Buchot” Cheveau works this small parcel of 40-year-old vines, located in the commune Solutré-Pouilly. Considered to be among the top climats in Pouilly Fuisse, “Au Buchot” is situation on a steep rocky slope composed of brown limestone. After being hand harvested and fermented using natural yeasts, this wine is aged for 20 months in 600-L barrels (20% new) before being bottled. In limited production; only 25 cases (1 barrel) are imported into the U.S. each year.|
|Pouilly-Fuissé Les Trois Terroirs: This Fuissé is sourced from three separate parcels, two of which are in Pouilly with the third situated in Fuissé. The vines are between 25 and 40 years of age and produce a wine with the typical richness and power of this appellation. After fermentation, the elevage is done in a mix of barrel and foudre for one year. This is the classic cuvée of Pouilly-Fuissé from this domaine; approximately 500 cases are available for the US market annually.|
|Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes: Sourced from two vineyards in the hamlet of Pouilly: “Chailloux” and “Vers Cras”, the vines for this cuvée are fifty to seventy years old. A powerful wine of great depth and length, this old vines offering is barrel-fermented and barrel-aged with about 25% of the oak being new. About 1200 bottles of this elite cuvee of Fuissé from the Cheveau family are distributed in the USA (a limited number of magnums are also available).|
|Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras: The “Vers Cras” vineyard is located in the hamlet of Pouilly in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The soil is fine, white limestone with excellent drainage. The average age of the vines is 60 years (as of 2011). After a manual harvest, the grapes are gently pressed and then racked into tonneaux for both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. The wine is then aged for an additional year on the fine lees in small barrels before bottling. This cuvée is notable for its clear expression of the chalk of its soil combined with a powerful presence on the palate. Approximately 100 cases are imported for sale in the USA.|
|Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthieres: The Cheveau family considers this site to be the most prestigious of their holdings. Sited in Pouilly, the vineyards here average thirty years of age. This wine is aged in barrel (about one-third new oak) and undergoes some batonnage. The result is a powerful yet elegant wine of great breed. We import six hundred bottles annually for the US market.|
|Saint-Amour Villa Violette: This new cuvee is an assemblage of five parcels (average 60 years old) that Domaine Cheveau recently acquired (2015) from their uncle. Like the “Champs Grillés”, the grapes are hand-harvested and sorted before being de-stemmed. After a cold maceration of three to four days and a two-week cuviason, the wine spends 8 months in stainless steel before bottling. The “Villa Violette” is comparable to the “Champs Grillés” with deep color and structure, explosive fresh fruit, and firm tannins; yet it does present a bit fresher and more youthful on the palate. Approximately 125 cases per annum are available for the US market|