Chateau de La Chaize Beaujolais
For those who love wine, a certain bottle can bring back memories like nothing else. For example, a South African Rootenberg will always remind me of the first time I cooked with wine and enjoyed a pasta dinner with my girlfriend Jen in high school. An Italian MASI Valpolicella Classico will forever be a late night at the Economy Shoe Shoppe with my dear friend Megret - the night we solved all of love’s dilemmas in three bottles and forgot the solutions the next morning. But perhaps the bottle that stands out the most is a Grand Vin de Beaujolais, the Chateau de La Chaize from the Appellation Brouilly Controlée region in France.
Grand Vin de Beaujolais wines come from the ten most celebrated communities with the best soil and locations in the Beaujolais region. This wine is made with 100% Gamay grapes and is one of the best known Brouilly wines. Now I love a bottle of Beaujolais but what makes this one stand out in particular is my dream of waking up in the chateau in the picture on the label.
When my husband Reuven was 18 he travelled across France and stayed in the magnificent 1676 Chateau de La Chaize. He speaks of waking up – with a hangover I presume – and opening his windows to the 360 aches of vineyards. Each time we find a bottle of this coveted wine, I make him tell me the story again, so I can savour the berry flavours and surprising long flavour of this French work of genius and transport myself to south western France.