beaujolais "THE OTHER BURGUNDY"
"A refreshing change"
fruity and delicious, fine and flavored, intense and generous.
Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of Ancient Rome.
Over mainly granite terrain, the Beaujolais Crus form a meandering path. From south to north, Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour.
The region has ideal growing conditions. It receives lots of sunshine and has granite-based soils that lend excellent structure to the wines. The Gamay grape is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made of Chardonnay grapes.
Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region. Handpicking means that before being vatted, entire bunches are sorted to remove any bad grapes. This winemaking method is specific to the Beaujolais region.
$22 domaine ROCHE-GUILLON FLEURIE '16
$20 CHaTeau chambon Beaujolais '17
$12 vrac beaujolais '16
Vrac means to buy your wine in bulk, this is a unfussy representation of Beaujolais made from 100% Gamay Noir grapes. Great tart cherry notes and an incredibly gulpable wine. Serve lightly chilled o/s
$15 domaine roche-guillon beaujolais villages '17
$19 CHATEAU DU PIZAY MORGON '16
$24 PASCAL GRANGER, Moulin-a-Vent" les chassignols" '15
Another very limited production cuvée from vines of average age of 50 years on the mid-hill, south facing vineyards known as ‘Chassignols’ where the soil is composed of granite. 30% of the grapes are left whole, while 70% are de-stemmed. This great “cru” has an extended fermentation of about 20 days in large cement cuves before it is racked into demi muids and foudre for the six months of elevage. A sturdy wine, reserved in its youth, marked by the smells and flavors of red fruits, roses and spice, the Moulin a Vent from Granger deserves several years of cellaring.
$25 CHAPELLE DES BOIS Morgon,'15
The Morgon is the most powerful and fruit-driven wine of the Coudert’s 2015s. The old vines, which enjoy ideal exposure, yield a wine with more potential alcohol than the others. Chantal was worried about the vinification of this wine at first, as it had a natural potential alcohol of over 14.5%–in a region in which 12% is normal. In a moment of worry over the wine finishing its fermentation, she contacted her old schoolmate from Domaine Charvin in Chateauneuf-du-Pape—an appellation in which these alcohol levels are commonplace. His advice? “Just wait!” So she did, and the result is delicious—though somewhat atypical (Chantal jokes that this is her first Chateauneuf-du-Pape!). A first taste reveals the sheer power and richness of the vintage, but beneath the lushness is an attractive interplay of fruit and freshness that underlines unmistakably where the wine comes from.
$23 pascal granger julienas “cuvee speciale” '15
This exceptional wine is a selection from the oldest vines of the domaine with an average age in excess of seventy (70) years. The limited yields from the old vines produce a wine of great character: structured but generous with the potential to age from four to eight years and beyond in the best of vintages.
$20 DOMINIQUE PIRON BEAUJOLAIS BLANC ‘17