Small Region but The Best in Beaujolais

Chénas is a French red wine appellation and produces on the border between the Rhône and Saône-et-Loire areas, East of France. It is one of the ten sub-regions of Beaujolais. It is its smallest appellation area, with 2.65 square kilometers of area. It, unfortunately, loses popularity due to specificity. The appellation covers the town of Chénas and Chapelle-de-Guinchay, in the Beaujolais vineyards. 

Marvelous Terroir

This appellation’s neighboring vintages are the windmill to the south, the julienas to the northwest, and the saint-love to the north. The vineyards of Chenas can be found on the slopes of Mont Remont, sandwiched between Julienas and Moulin-a-Vent’s borders.

The soils are steeply steep and composed of coarse sand from granite.

Exemplary Wines of Beaujolais

The majority of wines produced in Chenas are made entirely with the Gamay grape variety. Still, appellation laws permit some white wine into the blend: namely Chardonnay, Aligote, and Melon de Bourgogne. Vignerons are only allowed to plant 15% of their vineyards with these white-wine varieties, effectively limiting the wines’ quantities.

These red wines have an intense belle robe with bluish tints and complex aromas (fruity, floral, and spicy). On the palate, they are tannic and harmonious. The wines of old vines, produced with a low yield, are conducive to aging. Chénas is one of the best wines of Beaujolais. Indeed, the wines of this appellation can also claim the well-known AOC Moulin-à-Vent. The terroirs are very close to those present in the Moulin-à-Vent appellation and produce 1,300,000 liters of wines annually.


A part of the important features of Chenas appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: The coarse sand from granite.
  • Taste: fruity.
  • Wine color: Red wine.
  • Aromas: complex aromas (fruity, floral, and spicy).
  • Aging potential: 2 – 7 years.
  • Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 2.65 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Chénas
Grapes: Gamay as a major grapes but a little bits of Chardonnay, Aligote and Melon de Bourgogne
Types of Wines: Red Wine

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