New Beaujolais

06 Sep New Beaujolais

Located in the far southern reaches of the famous Burgundy region in France, Beaujolais is often only considered when the nouveau offering comes out in November. But, that is a crime to this great growing area. Producers like Lapierre, Chateau Thivin and rules Desjourneys are turning out complex wines that belie the humble Beaujolais Nouveau’s fruity, light reputation. It also remains one of the few areas that has;t been hit with sky high price increases over the last two decades.

2015 Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly
On Sale $22.99
Bottled 3 weeks prior to my visit, the 2015 Côte de Brouilly was very closed on the nose though you can tell that it is packed to the rafters with fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with intense red and black fruit, superb mineralité and harmony, gradually building in the mouth with a compelling, tensile finish. What a fantastic Beaujolais in the making – about as good as it gets to be quite honest. If I taste a better QPR wine this year…no, just impossible.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon
On Sale $25.99
The 2015 Morgon has a clean and vibrant bouquet with perfumed dark cherries, redcurrant, a touch of gravel and touches of rose petal. The palate is nicely structured, brimming over with energy. The acidity is very well judged, quite sturdy as Morgon should be, no hard edges here but just the background “hum” of tension from start to finish. This is just a superb Morgon from Mathieu and Camille Lapierre.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Charly Thevenet Regnie “Grain & Granit”
On Sale $27.99
Deep ruby. Fresh red and dark berries on the pungent, highly perfumed nose. Excellent clarity and spicy lift to the sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors; a hint of succulent herbs comes up slowly. Appealingly sweet and minerally on the floral-tinged, extremely long finish, which is firmed by fine-grained, gently gripping tannins.
92 Points, Vinous Media

2014 Domaine de Rochegres Moulin-á-Vent
On Sale $45.99
The 2014 Moulin à Vent Rochegrès is slightly deeper in color than the 2014 Moulin-à-Vent. It has a little more fruité on the nose, perhaps just a touch darker in comparison. The palate is soft and smooth, quite plush in the mouth with very fine tannin. Again, it is more Burgundy than Beaujolais, but you are soon won over by the sheer seamless texture of this wine. Lovely.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Jules Desjourneys Moulin-á-Vent
On Sale $49.99
Tasted as an approximation to its eventual assemblage, and issuing 80% from Romaneche, 20% from Chenas, Desjourneys’s 2010 Moulin-a-Vent joins palpable tannin to a slightly austere stoniness; although concentrated, subtly tart and bitter dark berries are present in spades, along with smoked meats, all leading to a bright, vibrant finish in which the fresh fruit is set off against the wine’s stony, peaty backdrop and incisively tinged with berry seeds and black pepper.
90-91+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2011 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie “Les Moriers”
On Sale $49.99
This is also attractively perfumed yet even more complex with its spicy, floral and earthy black currant liqueur suffused nose. There is seriously impressive concentration to the powerful yet velvety medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract that largely, if not completely, buffers the very firm tannic spine on the explosively long finish. Fleurie does not get a lot better than this.
91-94 Points, Burghound.com