Like all the other wines of the Thillardon brothers, the 2017 Chénas Les Blemonts doubles its excellent performance, bursting with the scents of cherries, wild berries, rose petals, orange peel and herbs. On the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a smooth attack, melting tannins and a textured, fleshy profile. It has the purity and balance to evolve with grace over more than a handful of years.
Paul-Henri Thillardon (32) is a masterful winemaker at a very young age. Chénas is not far from Moulin-a-Vent and therefore the wines can display many of the same properties. Paul-Henri brings you this concentration, but knows where the balance point for elegance is. They call it "mature wine". In 2008, at the age of 22, Paul Henri made the important decision to dedicate his work to the cru of Chénas, rather than in the neighboring and better-known Moulin-a-Vent, which takes up much of Chénas's fame . Then, in 2010, he planted an acre of vines on a beautiful south-east plot in Chiroubles, and another plot of Viognier grapes, a variety not allowed in the Beaujolais rules. In early 2011, the domain covered 5.7 hectares (13.7 acres) with its Chénas vines averaging 40 years old.
As with many of the new generation, Thillardon is committed to organic produce and has chosen to use horses instead of tractors in the Pontet-Canet vineyard. The vineyard is biodynamically grown - Vines are treated only with herbs and are plowed by horses. The wines are made with native yeasts and do not see sulfur until bottling. Paul Henri makes about 40,000 bottles per year on average. In the past, all picked grapes were stripped of their stems and fermentation took place at approximately 20 degrees Celsius. Since 2015, however, the complete bunches have entered the fermentation tanks and the temperature is kept low, about 9 degrees. This makes the fermentation very slow, but the fruit is beautifully preserved in the wine.