Eric Sorais and his team purchased Domaine de la Motte and its expanse of vineyards throughout the Beaujolais region in 2018 and renamed the estate Domaine des Grands Rocs. One of the gems of this historic property is a 70-year-old plot in Chénas. Sandwiched between Juliénas to the north and Moulin-a-Vent to the south, Chénas is the smallest of the 10 recognized crus, and often gets lost in the shuffle, but for no good reason. Its prized granitic soils are just as likely to produce age-worthy, classic renditions of gamay as any other cru. This example is sturdy yet refined, with subtle fruit and spice aromas and a satisfying, lush mouthfeel. It would play nicely with meats and cheese or any mid-week fare.