Cru Chénas is the smallest of the Beaujolais appellations in surface area. It is on the communes of La Chapelle-de-Guinchay (71) and Chénas (69).
This is a particularly contrasted Cru that spreads from west to east.
Very steep granitic slopes rise from the left bank of the River Mauvaise (west), while on the right bank (east), the landscape is a lot less rugged with ancient alluvium deposits layered with pebbles.
The vinyards are shared equally between soils of granitic origin and those of alluvium deposits.
photo credit: Cru Chénas