A Bounty of Beaujolais
Crikey, we love a good bit of Beaujolais. Especially when it comes from the exalted village 'crus' where the Gamay grape reaches its apex of quality.
If you still think it's a once a year thing for Nouveau day in November then, well, late pass needed, but welcome to the all year round Bojo party.
Two stellar wines here:
2018 CLOS DE LA ROILETTE Fleurie Cuvée Tardive 75cl
Fleurie might give an impression of gentle flowery wines but there's some serious soil underneath it. Especially on the slopes around the 'La Madone' chapel perched high above the village. This is a substantial, age-worthy Beaujolais.
A densely packed fragrance reminiscent of chestnuts, pot pourri and blackberry crumble slowly unfurls over several hours to reveal its sumptuous core. This vintage was awarded a whacking great 95 point score by Josh Reynolds of vinous.com.
2018 DOMAINE DE LA GROSSE PIERRE Chiroubles 75cl
Pauline Passot has invigorated her family estate by taking a 'add nothing, take nothing away' approach to her wines. This is thrilling stuff, wild cherry jam, dancing with granite mineral tones, blueberry essence and gentle spices. There's surprising concentration here for a cru that, being higher up in the hills, often produces delicate wines. Really a top choice for drinking alongside the Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey.