This special reserve Beaujolais Blanc from Jean-Pierre Large, Domaine Cheysson, is named ‘the Exception’ because it is the only vineyard producing white in the Cru Beaujolais appellation of Chiroubles. Here only red wines get Cru status. The idea to produce this wine came when the Jean-Pierre had resolved to remove some vines because they were too old, and, six years ago, planted Chardonnay instead. The thought of beautiful Chardonnay, sun-kissed and sugar-laden was irresistible.
The Chardonnay vineyards cover only 1 hectare, and they are located in the highest of all the Cru Beaujolais appellations. The soils are granite, which maintains the heat nicely and gives the Chardonnay more balanced acidity.
Jean-Pierre makes the L’Exception 100% Chardonnay with no oak aging and it echoes the best white Burgundies. Juicy with white peach and apricot notes and has a lingering finish that makes you eager for your next sip. Rounded and fruity, this Beaujolais Blanc goes with virtually every meal. They don’t make all that much, and we’re glad to get our hands on some of it.