28 Jul New High Scoring Beaujolais
New Beaujolais from Desjourneys, Lapierre
Beaujolais hails from the southern limits of Burgundy. Most often associated with Beaujolais Nouveau which comes out in November, Nouveau is super light, fruity, but never a serious wine. Cru Beaujolais, wines from individual towns within Beaujolais, are worth serious consideration. Ripe and complex, they are perfect for near and mid-term cellaring and pair great with charcuterie.
2015 Lapierre Morgon
On Sale $26.99
Planted on poor, acidic soils, Gamay expresses notes of violets and aromas of black cherries. Morgon develops deeper notes after some years approaching its cousin Pinot Noir.
2015 Lapierre Rasins Gaulois, Vin de France
On Sale $13.99
This cuvee made from our young Gamay is an explosion of fresh, sweet fruit. Drink young.
2009 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie “Chapelle des Bois”
On Sale $42.99
Ripe dark cherry and cassis are strikingly capped with high-toned herbal and floral distillates in Duperray’s 2009 Fleurie La Chapelle Des Bois Tres Vieilles Vignes (tasted in its final assemblage), rendering it highly reminiscent of its 2008 counterpart. Wisteria and elder flower further waft across this wine’s polished, deeply-fruited palate, while nut oils add rich depth, and saline savor of crustacean shell reduction helps render it irresistibly mouthwatering and invigorating. This finishes with sensational persistence, along with buoyancy such as few wines of this vintage can equal. I suspect this will perform memorably for at least another half dozen years.
93-94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie “Chapelle des Bois”
On Sale $49.99
The 2011 Fabien Duperray Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois comes from 1.9 hectares of vines on granitic sand, from vines aged 60 and 120 years (certified by Ecocert). Cropped at just 17.40 hectoliters per hectare, it is aged for 24 months, half in oak, of which 20% is new. There is tangible warmth on the nose, a sumptuousness that comes through the scents of macerated dark cherries and boysenberry infused with dried violet petals. The palate is full-bodied for a Fleurie, with dense tannins, very masculine and deep, with broody black fruit. There is a huge weight on the finish, although I feel that bottle age is necessary for it to evolve the requisite finesse and in order to express the character of the appellation. Drink 2018-2025.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie “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
2009 Jules Desjourneys Moulin-A-Vent
On Sale $49.99
Grenadine and blackberry are underlain by roasted red meat savor as well as by dense, firm, even slightly edgy tannins in the Desjourneys 2009 Moulin-a-Vent, which I tasted in its final assemblage. I’m at a loss to locate all of the complexities I earlier discerned in the individual lots of Michelons and Chassignol that were incorporated, but the nut oils, cocoa powder, and crushed stone that add to this blend’s finishing savor help this blend testify to some of the excitement I recorded in my issue 190 barrel tastings. I suspect that it needs time to settle-down – though it has been bottled since I recorded this most recent note – and for its tannin to more completely integrate. But make no mistake: this is a long, strong performer even by the exceedingly high standards of its vintage and the even higher standards already established at Domaine Jules Desjourneys.
91-92+ Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Jules Desjourneys Moulin-A-Vent “Chassignol”
On Sale $82.99
There is a touch of menthol to the beautifully layered nose of ripe and highly spiced floral, earth, sandalwood, pepper and raspberry liqueur scents. The exceptionally suave and rounded big-bodied flavors possess enormous concentration and volume that culminate in a highly seductive yet powerful and serious finish that drenches the palate in dry extract. The incredibly long and beautifully balanced finale is extremely firm yet not the least bit aggressive or austere. In sum, this is one very, very serious effort that will need at least a decade of cellaring to be approachable but should last, and improve, for much longer.
92-95 Points, Burghound.com