Domaine des Brureaux
Nathalie Fauvin is a remarkably gifted young lady. She inherited one of the most prestigious wineries in the smallest of all the Cru regions of Beaujolais- Chénas. Not only that, she assists her mom in running one of the finest restaurants in the region – L’Auberge des Hauts de Chénas. As a teenager, she spend a few years in Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, as she was underage at the time she laments that she couldn’t taste wines in the Napa Valley! That never prevented her from becoming one of the finest winemakers in Chénas.
Domaine des Brureaux makes only Chénas – in fact they make 4 versions of Chénas! Her grandfather Emile Robin, a legend in Beaujolais wished to create a restaurant that complemented the wines they made. Nathalie realized this dream and makes wines that complements their food flawlessly. If you ever find yourself in these parts, call and make a reservation at the L’Auberge des Hauts de Chénas and experience both the food and wine. Also, this is a restaurant that has earned a Michelin star. Incrédible!!!
Tasting her wines with some roast chicken, tamales, pasta with meat sauce (or even a piece of chocolate, as Nathalie once told me) reminds us why we enjoy wines with our meals. Nathalie’s wines are excellent examples for me, how a glass of wine can enhance a good meal.
Chénas is the smallest of all the Beaujolais Cru. There is very little of these wines in the market anywhere. Being able to partner with Nathalie and bringing her fine wines here is a treat.
Cuvée Coccinelle. This is a fun wine. Made in the easy drinking style of a Beaujolais Villages, this is a juicy rendition of Gamay, full of fruit and zest. We find ourselves reaching for this wine when we are unsure of what to pair with our dinners. Keep a case handy.
Cuvée Prestige. This is Nathalie’s top tier wine. Sourced from almost 90+ year old vines, the grapes are hand harvested and sorted for the perfect fruit. They spend a year in neutral oak barrels before being lightly filtered. This is a wine to keep and will show well for the next 4-6 years!