Reflecting a miniscule volume due to hail, the 2009 Chenas Q Domaine Piron & Lameloise (formerly labeled “Quartz,” and part of a joint venture with the Lameloise family) displays a nose unusually mingling ripe blackberry and blueberry with suggestions of roasted eggplant. A saline savor I associate with many quartzite-rich sites threads its way through the wine’s richly-fruited yet finely tannin-suffused and stimulatingly bright palate. A bittersweet low tone again reminiscent of roasted eggplant adds to the wine’s saliva-inducing, palate-staining length. This Chenas – raised one-third in older barrel, but tasted assembled – should be another candidate of its vintage for 4-6 years of fascinating bottle evolution. (DS)
The Quartz Chénas used to be a partnership between Dominique Piron and Jean-Marc Lafont until 2007. A change in partnership means it is now made with Christian Lameloise. Light ruby. High toned and aromatic. Sleek and savoury. Immediately appealing. Very good. (JR)
Bright red. Pungent aromas of cherry pit, cassis and violet, with smoke and licorice notes adding complexity. Bitter cherry and candied licorice dominate the palate, which shows a suave blend of power and vivacity. Tightens up with air and finishes with firm grip, a touch of youthful bitterness and very good spicy persistence. (JR)
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