Cave du Château de Chénas produces AOC wines from Moulin à Vent, Chénas, Morgon, Fleurie, Juliénas, St Amour, Brouilly, Chiroubles, Régnié, Côte de Brouilly, Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais Blancs. Certain cuvées in Chénas and Moulin à Vent are aged in oak barrels in a vaulted cellar whose construction dates back to the great century of King Louis XIV. Widely recognized for their fine quality, the wines from the Château de Chénas cellar are regularly awarded numerous prizes and medals.
Located in the heart of Burgundy and Beaujolais, the Château de Chénas was built in 1821 by the De la Hante family on what was once an ancient fort. Its impressive vaulted cellar, measuring 56 meters long, dates back to 1730. Its construction allows it to keep wine at a consistent temperature. It is one of the largest cellars in Beaujolais allowing a storage of 900 hectoliters (around 120,000 bottles).
In 1934, a group of winegrowers from Chénas and Moulin à Vent bought the Château and created La Cave Coopérative. Today, more than 80 winegrowers and 180 members bring their grapes to be vinified and marketed.
Grapes are harvested from 200 hectares of vines, most from hillsides, mainly in the towns of Chénas, La Chapelle de Guichay and Romanèche Thorins. The average annual production of 10,000 hectoliters of AOC wines includes the prestigious growths of Chénas and Moulin à Vent, excellent red Beaujolais Villages and elegant white Beaujolais.
Moulin à Vent
Côte de Brouilly
One of the 10 Beaujolais cru sites, Chénas has some of the most robust wines in Beaujolais. This one is floral, with bright red fruit, brooding black fruit, vanilla and earth, plus the characteristic structured tannins of Chénas. It will continue to evolve till 2020+ or will be delightful tonight with salmon or grilled pork chops. – LCBO Vintages panel, Feb. 2020.