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The French often refer to the people of the Beaujolais as the last of the true Gauls—a land where salt-of-the-earth people work hard and play hard, live simply yet to the fullest, eat loads of pork prepared in every imaginable way, and then die young. The reality is not that far off. Cédric Chignard looks straight out of central casting for the part, with long hair, a permanent five-day beard, and a short but strong physique. He lives the part, too, always quick to receive guests with a smile, a bottle of Fleurie, and a plate of sauccisson. Pour yourself a tipple or two of his Fleurie for a taste of the good life.
|Winemaker:||Michel & Cédric Chignard|
|Vineyard:||60 years, 8 ha|
|Aging:||Aged in old foudres (large oak barrels) for 13 months|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171