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A Bounty of Great Beaujolais


Vines of the Beaujolais. Image from John Louis William Thudichum, “A Treatise on the Origin, Nature, and Varieties of Wine”.

Jenn and I have been fortunate to have drunk some top-notch Beaujolais this month.  My attitude is shifting from curiosity about what is in the bottle to anticipation of drinking the wine.  I must also admit I enjoy the lower alcohol levels.  The selection of five wines featured in this post begins with the outstanding 2012 Damien Coquelet, Chiroubles.  It was so expressive on the nose and in the mouth that I recommend you pick up all you can.  Just be sure to open one as soon as you get home.  The 2011 Daniel Bouland, Vieilles Vignes Corcelette is more of a dark horse in comparison.  There were no hard edges to this wine but its best to cellar this for a few years before trying again.  It should develop quite well.  Another distinct wine is the 2011 Pierre-Marie Chermette, Domaine du Vissoux, Coeur de Vendanges, Vignes Centenaires which maintained attractive, meaty aromas and flavors.  The 2010 Domaine Calot, Vieilles Vignes, Morgon shows dark red bramble fruit and in a subtle manner assures that it will slumber in the cellar.  Finally, the 2010 Bruno Debize, Morgon was drinking well with an engaging, exotic nose and earthy flavors in the mouth.  It is drinking well right now but may be cellared. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Damien Coquelet, Chiroubles – $20
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  Alcohol 12%.  The aromatic nose was fresh and floral, revealing depth until finish.  There was good ripeness in the mouth with a core of red-cranberry fruit.  This expressive wine had lovely acidity, citric red fruit, and took on some chewy fruit weight.  There was a hint of an evergreen note as the juicy finish of black and ripe red fruit made way to an aftertaste of good length.  **** Now-2019.

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2011 Daniel Bouland, Vieilles Vignes Corcelette, Morgon – $22
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from the vines of Corcelette which were planted in 1925 on soils of sandy granite.  Alcohol 13%.  The light nose revealed dense blue fruit with hints of earth.  In the mouth were tighter flavors of red-black fruit, tightly woven with stones.  There was an appropriate level of structure with some tannins poking through the seamless not-quite-round flavors.  There was lurking depth and black fruit in the aftertaste.  Will be long-lived.  ***(*) Now-2024.

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2011 Pierre-Marie Chermette, Domaine du Vissoux, Coeur de Vendanges, Vignes Centenaires, Beaujolais – $18
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from two 100-year old parcels of vines on granite soils.  Alcohol 12.5%.  There was a subtle, meaty nose.  In the mouth there was a touch of bright red fruit at first then ripe and meaty flavors came out.  The acidity was present but integrated.  After one to two hours the wine opened to turn red and black in fruit with a firm stone note.  Good personality.  *** Now-2020.

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2010 Domaine Calot, Vieilles Vignes, Morgon – $18
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from four plots that are 60-100 years of age.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a nose of macerated raspberries with darker red fruit hints.  In the mouth there was some bramble with good fruit leaning towards the dark red spectrum.  This was firmer with a present structure that is moderate.  The finish left an old wood hint.  *** Now-2020+.

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2010 Bruno Debize, Morgon – $25
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  Alcohol 12.2%.  The nose was engaging with vintage perfume and exotic incense.  In the mouth were light, ripe red fruit flavors that a citrus hint and earthy bit.  The acidity stood out more but not over done as there was some concentration to the fruit.  There were graphite like minerals in the finish.  There is enough structure for short-term development.  *** Now – 2020.

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