Tasting Notes, Beaujolais (not Nouveau); Sept. 21, 2019

2018 Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc

Charnay, FR

Regular Price $22.99

Sale price $17.99

Yep, we sure do like Jean-Paul Brun, and when you taste this wine, you’ll see why. Its fresh, bright and full, unoaked yet rich and lush enough to make even the most devoted California Chardonnay drinker smile in appreciation. It also finishes with invigorating acidity, lest you think we’re getting senile.

Château de Lavernette Brut Nature Blanc de Noirs Granit Réserve de Lavernette

Chaintré, FR

Regular Price $37.99

Sale price $29.99

In the category of way cool wine, this wine is the clear winner. Made of 100% Gamay grown in crumbled granite soil, it’s a blanc de noir (white of black) methode champenoise (produced in the manner of Champagne), aged for nearly 3 years on its lees, with zero dosage (we’ll explain that at the tasting). And is seriously good (to quote the importer).

2017 Château Thivin Beaujolais Village Rosé  (1.75 LT)

Mont-Brouilly, FR

Regular Price $52.99 

Sale price $34.99

There’s a veritable font of incorrect assumptions about Rosé, but among the most pernicious is the ‘it’s a summer wine’ lie. Nope, wrong, silly, incorrect, false. It’s an ‘anytime that you want to drink it wine’. And drinking a ripe and rich Beaujolais Rosé from magnum is one of the great pleasures of Fall (or late summer). Made of old vine Gamay (of course, its from Beaujolais) this wine is a delight. Fleshy and broad, it’s not lacking in crisp acidity rendering the finish fresh and clean.

2018 Terres Dorées ‘l’Ancien’ Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes

Charnay, FR

Regular Price $22.99

Sale price $17.99

Old vine Gamay produced in a fresh and bright manner to be enjoyed, like, today. The wine is wonderfully balanced and delicious and will be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone save the Napa cab snobs who really don’t like wine unless it’s highly alcoholic and expensive. BTW, wine doesn’t taste better just because its more expensive.

2015 G. Descombes Fleurie

Vermont, FR

Regular Price $43.99

Sale price $34.99

Lovely, elegant, balanced and fresh, this wine shows Beaujolais at its prettiest. Georges Descombes is one of the most revered growers and winemakers in Beaujolais and this joyful and delicious wine illustrates why. Ripe fruit, balanced by firm acidity, this wine, which is not a blockbuster, nonetheless drinks well above its weight class.

2017 Chateau Gaillard Morgon Vieilles Vignes 

Villié-Morgon, FR

Regular Price $26.99

Sale price $20.99

The foundation of Château Gaillard is 10 centuries old and the history of the vineyards stretch nearly that long as well. The Chateau is located in Morgon, perhaps the second most famous of the 10 crus of Beaujolais, and the wines from here are typically full and broad and tannic and dense and structured. Oh, you’ve never had a Beaujolais like that before? Don’t get out much, do you?