I like wines which speak of the people who make them as much as where they come from. Alain Chatoux is an unreconstructed countryman, a sort of peasant version of Raymond Chandler’s Moose Malloy: “no wider than a beertruck and about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel cake”. The wine is pure and simple mountain Beaujolais, grown with ancient vines on steep slopes high in the hills. It is unputdownable, but very downable.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director (March 2013)
How many of us drink straight Beaujolais these days? We might drink a lot more if it was all this quality. The first secret is where it comes from, the hamlet of Ste Paule which is set high in the hills, amid steep slopes covered in old vines. The next part of the conundrum is Alain Chatoux himself, former Greco-Roman wrestler and vigneron extraordinaire. His vast frame belies nimble fingers in the vineyards and winery and the result is a wine, year in and year out, which is quite adorable. Getting him to part with it is trickier but we eventually managed to secure a decent amount of his delicious 2011: perfumed cherry and strawberry fruit, a beautifully balanced mouthful. It will keep very well too.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director (October 2012)
This is feel good Beaujolais, a nose bursting with raspberry and rose petal and more of same across the palate. Cool and fresh, the fruit is ripe but retains a sense of precision. Energetic, simple but very attractive drinking from now until 2014.
Martyn Rolph, BBR Fine Wine DepartmentAlain Chatoux
Light but superbly fresh and vital. Softly fruity. Gentle and easy. Like a feather on the cheek. Lovely stuff. Good value.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 20 Nov 2012
Having rather tarnished its reputation with wine lakes of nouveau and other undistinguished fare, Beaujolais has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late, helped by a run of decent vintages. As a light wine with an accent on refreshment, it’s a versatile food-matcher, which means I drink rather a lot of it, and this lively, fragrant example from the excellent Alain Chatoux is a cool cut above the average.
David Williams - The Observer, 24 February 2013
Go Gamay! This delicate red made by former Graeco-Roman wrestler (seriously) Alain Chatoux is laced with fine summer-berry flavours. A champion bottle that’s raring to go a few rounds with a platter of cured meats.
Olly Smith - Mail On Sunday, 24 February 2013