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A Bargain from Foillard, the 2017 Beaujolais-Villages

I drink wine every day which means the price of my average bottle of wine needs to be under $20.  I do break this rule form time to time and the 2017 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages is one such exception.  This is only the second vintage of this wine but I like it.  The wine is savory, leaning towards the Strawberry part of the spectrum, with a mineral cut.  At $22, it is a bargain from Foillard.  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.


2017 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages – $22
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 25-50 year old vines located on granite soils.  It was fermented then aged in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 13%.  Savory and dense with flavors of strawberry that are pure and fresh.  There is some tartness with a vein of acidity.  This wine has much presence, as if there is extract, which lends to the pleasing berry nature.  It wraps up with a mineral cut and more acidity.  *** Now – 2020.

A new wine: 2016 Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages

February 2, 2018 Leave a comment

The damaging hail of 2016 in Beaujolais had one interesting effect, the production of wines never before seen.  The 2016 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages is another example of this from the Kermit Lynch portfolio.  Tasted blind you will recognize this as Beaujolais but what I particularly like is the subtle earth note and round fruit weight.  This wine improves with a modest amount of air and should provide good drinking for the next few years.  You may find this new wine at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages – $23
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sources from granite soils.  It was fermented then aged in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 12.5%.  With air this wine shows more strength, quickly building from the start through the cinnamon and baking spiced finish.  True to Beaujolais flavors of cherry and raspberry, become slightly earthy with good, round fruit weight, and a slightly spicy, dry finish which leaves some tannins on the gums.  *** Now – 2022.

A wide variety of French wines.

February 9, 2016 Leave a comment

This post features a number of French wines which we have recently drunk.  My favorite pair are the 2013 Ola Raffault, Les Barnabes, Chinon and the 2011 Domaine Cheveau, Or Rouge, Beaujolais Villages.  The Raffault is a finely scented, fresh, satisfying herbaceous wine from Chinon.  I kept finding myself returning to my glass.  The Cheveau has benefited from a few years of age but still retains lovely cool, dense flavors.   The 2013 Alleno & Chapoutier, Cotes du Rhone is also good with its minerally, black flavors but it will greatly benefit from short-term aging. Of the wines for drinking now the 2014 Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide, Minervois offers a tart, red grapefruit profile whereas the 2011 Abbaye Sylva Plana, Les Novices, Faugeres offers forward drinking flavors of raspberry candy.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2014 Chateau Coupe Roses, La Bastide, Minervois – $13
Imported by Vintage 59.  This wine is a blend of old-vine Carignan and Grenache.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was of raspberry candy.  In the mouth the tart red and black fruit had a slight hint of red grapefruit.  In general there was a beam of tart and ripe fruit, minimal structure which was integrated, and spices in the end.  The tart aspects matched with the developing bitters flavor.  ** Now – 2017.

2014 Damien Coquelet, Cote du Py, Morgon – $22
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Gamay.  Alcohol.  Tasted over a few days the lovely nose eventually took on graphite notes.  This light, bright wine was pure in nature with a lively start, building dry weight, and an ethereal aftertaste.  It had slightly watering acidity and a dry, structured middle.  The dry flavors existed over a layer of stone and mineral.  I suspect this might open up in a year.  It is best to cellar it instead of giving it extended decant time because it developed a Pilsner beer note.  **(*) 2017-2019.

2013 Alleno & Chapoutier, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Classic Wines.  This wine is mostly Syrah that was fermented and aged on concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The minerally, black fruit flavors left some texture on the gums and juicy acidity on the tongue.  With controlled flavors the gentle ripe spices took on some wood notes and persisted through the aftertaste.  This needs short-term aging.  *** 2017-2020.

2013 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Tour de Pierres, Pic St Loup – $17
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre.   Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose is attractive with delicate floral and graphite aromas. In the mouth the wine has very high-toned, citric red fruit.  With extended air it seemed to deepen up a bit and not fall into Pilsner yeast land.  ** Now – 2017.

2013 Ola Raffault, Les Barnabes, Chinon – $17
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 12.5%.  This fresh, scented wine is attractively herbaceous.  The flavors continue with herbaceous red and black fruit flavors which are dry.  This flavorful wine is mouthfilling yet medium-bodied with an almost gentle finish.  With air sweet dried herbs come out along with very, very fine tannins.  The acidity is indistinguishably integrated.  *** Now – 2018.

2011 Abbaye Sylva Plana, Les Novices, Faugeres – $18
A Franck’s Signature Wines imported by Promex Wines.  This wine is a blend of 55% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14%.  The forward flavors of raspberry candy are rounded with mouthfilling weight.  With air it takes on some darker notes.  Very much a wine to drink right now. ** Now – 2017.

2011 Domaine Cheveau, Or Rouge, Beaujolais Villages – $18
Imported by Rosenthal.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from vines averaging 50 years of age.   Alcohol 13%.  The nose remained subtle but in the mouth were cool, dense fruit with watery acidity, a fresh middle, and tannins noticeable in the aftertaste.  With air the firm red fruits took on additional flavors of ripe black fruit.  The wine remained a little puckering on the sides of the tongue.  *** Now – 2020.


Gamay for day and night

September 14, 2015 Leave a comment

I can attest that the 2014 Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais-Villages is a lovely wine at a great price.  Not only did I drink my bottle last week, I drank from several bottles at a party hosted by Lou this weekend.  While this is not a wine of great depth or complexity, it is a wine of balance and completeness.  What is also great is that the 11% alcohol means you can knock back a glass at lunch without effect or drink glass after glass without fatigue.  Damien Coquelet is on fire with the 2014 vintage.  You should buy some!  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2014 Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais-Villages – $16
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  Alcohol 11%.  There was a light nose of potpourri-scented red fruit.  The mouth continued with similar red fruit mixed with potpourri.  The fruit had ripeness with just the right amount of structure and a drier finish.  This lovely wine showed focus and watering acidity from the start.  It eventually took on black-pencil notes. *** Now-2019.


A new wine from Nicolas Chemarin

October 23, 2014 Leave a comment

I purchased my first bottle of 2011 Nicolas Chemarin, Les Vignes de Jeannot, Beaujolais-Villages based on the recommendation of Phil.  I have now gone through a few more bottles.  Nicolas Chemarin is a new name for me and one I recommend you look out for.  He is the fourth generation to farm his family’s property.  This land includes five hectares of vineyards spread in Marchampt, Regnie, and Morgon.  This particular wine is made from fruit sourced from the oldest vines that are 60+ years of age on steep slopes of granite over sandy loam.  The fruit is mostly de-stemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, then aged on the lees for six months.  Sulphur is only used at bottling.  The wine itself is attractive with dark, calm flavors.  It has good depth of flavor but remained dense, suggesting it should develop over the winter.   At $18 this is a wine whose evolution you should follow.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2011 Nicolas Chemarin, Les Vignes de Jeannot, Beaujolais-Villages – $18
Imported by Wine Traditions.  This wine is a blend of Gamay with Jus Blanc.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The slightly tart black fruit had a round edge with as well as ripeness.  The acidity was noticeable on the sides or the tongue.  There is not much in the way of tannins but the wine does have a wood note.  **(*) 2015-2018.


2013 Rosé and Rouge from Chateau Thivin

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Chateau Thivin‘s red Côtes des Brouilly has consistently appeared on this blog for several vintages.  What has never appeared is the Beaujolais Villages Rosé before.  This is a somewhat unique post in that the latest release of the Beaujolais Villages Rosé  and Côtes de Brouilly are both from the 2013 vintage!  This vintage follows the massively hail-damaged 2012 vintage.  Over in Bristol, Avery’s found the 2013 vintage also being tricky and small but found there was “lovely richness of fruit and balance.”  If I summed up both of these wines it too would be good fruit and impeccable balance.  Why not try both this weekend? These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2013 Chateau Thivin, Rosé, Beaujolais Villages – $18
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay Noir.  Alcohol 12%.  The color was of light copper and dried rose.  The nose was delicately textured with aromas of fresh, red fruit.  The wine made a tart start followed by gently ripe flavors that took on some weight.  With air and warmth the ripe strawberry and cherry flavors took form, lying on the tongue until the tart and lemon-infused finish came out.  *** Now.


2013 Chateau Thivin, Côtes de Brouilly – $23
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from vines averaging 50 years of age.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a nose of red fruit with fresh, red cranberries.  In the mouth this bright red wine had seamless acidity that was slightly outgoing.  There was a lovely blend of components from orange-zest, some tartness, a wood note, and a moderate tannic structure.  Overall this wine appears best for the short-term which means you should enjoy it right now.  *** Now-2017.


A Variety of Wines Including Good Beaujolais-Villages and Cerasuolo di Vittoria

October 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Before I met Phil and Lou I did not drink much wine from Beaujolais.  I still do not automatically reach for a bottle but I am now always willing to try a recommendation and have gained new appreciation for these wines.  The 2011 Chateau Gaillard, Beaujolais-Villages is one such recommendation from Phil which drank particularly great on the second night.  That is the key, a satisfying wine which is easy to drink and affordable.  The 2010 Centonze, Cerasuolo di Vittoria packed in more flavor than I expected.  It drank best with some sir so either double-decant it or wait until the new year.  The 2012 Compania de Vinos del Atlantico, La Cartuja is an affordable value from Priorat which has a bit of everything including minerality.  I tasted the 2010 Domaine Durand, Les Coteaux over a period of 12 hours and never found it particularly engaging for the price.  It is quite approachable in a sense but it did improve with air and I believe it does need a few years to better integrate.  I would spend $2 more to get the 2009 Domaine Barral, Faugeres.  Lastly the 2008 Triennes, St. Auguste remained firm with a structure that overpowered the fruit and ultimately was not a wine that Jenn and I wanted to drink.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2011 Chateau Gaillard, Beaujolais-Villages – $13
Imported by Oslo Enterprises.  This wine is 100% Gamay.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light to medium cranberry ruby.  The nose revealed a little pepper with light, ripe cranberry red fruit.  There was a slight lifted note of citrus.  In the mouth was moderately ripe red fruit with acidity on the tongue.  With air the flavors became a bit denser with good texture in the aftertaste.  It left tannins on the lips and gums.  *** Now – 2015.


2010 Centonze, Cerasuolo di Vittoria – $17
Imported by deGrazia Imports.  This wine is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato sourced from limestone soils which was fermented then aged for six months in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a little pungent nose, perhaps with tar and some other scent.  In the mouth were red and black fruit flavors which were a little tangy with acidity on the tongue tip.  It then became juicy with a grapey and citric aspect.  The moderate structure was appropriate for the good flavors.  This packed in more than I suspected.  **(*) 2014-2017.


2012 Compania de Vinos del Atlantico, La Cartuja, Priorat – $15
Imported by OLE.  This wine is a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Carinena.  There was a subtle nose of good fruit and “fresh cut grass” according to Jenn.  In the mouth the wine had a certain athletic poise with its black fruit.  It had slightly juicy acidity, a reasonably drying structure of crushed stones, and a little tart finish.  This sappy, young wine was fresh tasting with moderate acidity.  *** Now-2017.


2010 Domaine Durand, Les Coteaux, Saint-Joseph – $28
Imported by LVDH.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed smoky tobacco, black fruit, and some toast.  In the mouth were good ripe but firm fruit flavors.  The wine was rugged in its youth with black fruit which was linearly delivered before dropping off in the finish.  It left impressions of toast and black fruit.  **(*) 2015-2023.


2008 Triennes, St. Auguste, VdP du Var – $17
Imported by The Sorting Table.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot which was aged for 12 months in used oak barrels followed by 10 months in tank.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose revealed a little fruit aromas along with greenhouse and some wood box.  In the mouth this was a firm wine with black fruit, drying structure, and hollow flavors towards the finish.  It was a bit tart with nice acidity and moderate structure.  The structure continued to overpower the fruit.  * Now but should last to 2018.