Domaine Anita Chénas premium les brureaux – Sustainable with some Organic practices and minimal intervention
Domaine Anita is named after Anita Kuhnel who has been making wine under the Domaine Anita since 2015. Today, Domaine Anita includes some of the most prestigious crus of Beaujolais including Moulin à Vent, Morgon, Chénas, Fleurie, as well as some plots located on great terroirs of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation. Anita’s viticultural practices are specific to each plot, but always within her overarching philosophy of sustainable viticulture, with minimal treatments, green harvesting, and strong canopy management.
Anita Kuhnel’s first passion in life was professional cycling, that is until her former husband introduced her to her destiny – winemaking. In 2015, she took over 45 acres of vines first planted in 1973 and created Domaine Anita. Domaine Anita includes some of the most prestigious crus of Beaujolais including Moulin à Vent, Morgon, Chénas, Fleurie, as well as some plots located on great terroirs of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation.
“I am committed to putting all my energy into making the best wines every day,” Anita declares. “This is why I chose to opt for plot cultivation, which allows each bottle to reflect the character of each plot. I call it, “Making the plots talk.” In the cellar, Anita is assisted by Guy Marion, former head of winemaking at Georges Duboeuf with no less than 52 harvests in Beaujolais. Together they strive to produce terroir-driven wines of the highest quality.
Lieux dit (single vineyard) Les Brureaux, located on the village of Chenas, is grown in stony silica soils with high clay subsoils. Grown at high altitude (850 feet above sea level) with a East/North East exposure. This 100% Gamay vineyard is 45 years old and the planting density is very dense. Using the Gobelet training system, the grapes are harvested and sorted manually. Maceration takes 10 days and the wine is aged six months in cement tanks and approximately three months in bottle before it is released.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast: Selected small berries have produced this rounded, ripe wine. The rich, concentrated fruitiness is succulent, with layers of tannins contrasting with blackberry fruits. This wine should age well and be ready to drink from late 2021.
91 points, Decanter Charming aromas of ripe rounded dark berry and cherry fruit. Bright on the palate, fresh and ripe with a generous finish.
91 points Vinous (previous vintage) Glistening ruby. Expansive, spice-accented black raspberry, cherry and floral scents, along with suggestions of licorice and smoky minerals. Concentrated but energetic in style, offering cherry cola and dark berry flavors supported by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Slowly building tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with strong, spicy persistence and repeating florality.