Located in the heart of the Fleurie cru, Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois comprises nine hectares of vines, primarily in Fleurie, but augmented by smaller holdings in Chiroubles and Morgon. We began our work with this charming traditional domaine in the early 2000s with Chantal and Eric Coudert-Appert, the seventh generation to work the land and produce wine here. In the vineyards, Chantal and Eric followed the principles of lutte raisonnée, treating only when absolutely necessary in order to rescue a crop, and their tried-and-true no-fuss cellar methods—spontaneous fermentation, traditional semi-carbonic maceration in cement vats, and aging in large 50-year-old wooden casks—produced Beaujolais of vivid fruit, terrific freshness, and structure enough to develop well in bottle. Chantal and Eric retired after the 2017 vintage, and their successor Frederic Montangeron—a local with years of experience at his own family’s winery—continues in the very same vein as Chantal and Eric, producing honest Beaujolais using skilled farming and a less-is-more approach to vinification and aging.
Chiroubles: The vineyard holdings of Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois extend across the Fleurie boundary into Chiroubles, where they work a small parcel of 50-year-old Gamay planted in granite. The cuvaison for the Chiroubles is normally a 10-to-12-day affair, and the resulting wine is the most precocious and welcoming of the domaine, with vibrant red fruits and delicate tannins.
Fleurie Grand Pré: From 40-year-old vines planted in the granite-heavy Grand Pré vineyard, the domaine’s flagship cuvée undergoes a cuvaison between 10 and 15 days, depending on the vintage’s underlying structural potential. The resulting wine is generally supple, round, and delicious in its youth, but it develops additional nuances in both bouquet and flavor with a few years of bottle age.
Fleurie “Vieille Vigne de la Cadole”: This special cuvée of Fleurie is sourced from a single parcel planted to vines over 80 years old near a stone hut (“cadole”) in the heart of the Grand Pré vineyard. While amply structured, “Vieille Vigne de la Cadole” is elegant and fine on the palate, and thoroughly capable of providing pleasure over an extended period of time.
Morgon Les Rontay: A more recent addition to the Chapelle des Bois lineup, this single-vineyard offering is the most structured and powerful Beaujolais in the cellar, in keeping with the character of the highly regarded cru of Morgon. The domaine’s old vines in Les Rontay yield a wine of dark, concentrated fruit and intense spice, with the bones to develop positively for years.