Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by David Chapel and Michele Smith-Chapel in the cru village of Régnié. The Chapels produced their first wine - a 2016 Juliénas “Côte de Bessay” - in partnership with Mathieu and Camille Lapierre, winemakers and owners of acclaimed Morgon estate Domaine Lapierre.
It was back in Beaujolais, while working at Domaine Lapierre in 2013 where David met his future wife, Michele Smith, a wine director based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, the Chapels relocated from New York to the Beaujolais to found Domaine Chapel. Starting in 2018, in addition to Juliénas and Beaujolais-Villages, Domaine Chapel will produce two cuvées from their own 3 hectares of vineyards in the crus of Fleurie and neighboring Chiroubles.
This wine is inspired by the type of wine that would be served in a traditional Lyonnais bouchon or bistro, or poured at a dinner table with friends. It is low in alcohol, has bright acidity, and is red fruited.
The wine is fermented whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and aged in cuve. There are no punch downs or pump overs.