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An excellent trio of cru Beaujolais

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Phil recently stocked the shelves with a wide range of wines, including the three bottles of Gamay featured in this post.  Given previous experience it is no surprise that I really enjoyed the 2014 D. Coquelet, Chiroubles.  This is a pure, captivating wine that should continue to improve through the winter.  As a completely different example of Chiroubles, the 2013 Fabien Collonge, L’Aurore des Cotes, Chiroubles is blacker and deeper in fruit with more obvious structure. This could be a good gateway wine for those who prefer riper wines.  Moving to Chenas, the 2013 Pascal Aufranc, Vignes de 1939, Chenas is produced from rather old vines. I recommend you let this develop into the winter or longer but right now the orange-citrus backed red fruit is really cool!  Try them all!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2014 D. Coquelet, Chiroubles – $20
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Gamay.  Alcohol 11%.  The varietal Gamay nose was pure and articulate becoming even more perfumed with air.  In the mouth, the slightly tart red and black fruit was lighter; framed by structure and enlivened by watering acidity.  With extended air the lovely balance was captivating, showing off the perfumed flavor throughout.  The mineral flavored middle mad way to a satisfying, textured finish, and the slightest yeast hint in the aftertaste.  *** Now – 2018.

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2013 Fabien Collonge, L’Aurore des Cotes, Chiroubles – $17
Imported by Constantine Wine. This wine is 100% Gamay.  Alcohol 13%. The nose bore black fruit that was almost plummy and certainly deeper in aroma.  The nose was matched by almost-round, mouth filling Gamay flavors that began light but moved to a ripe middle and dry finish.  There was acidity on the tongue from the start and eventually perfume.  The bit of structured, dry tannins suggest this will develop over the short-term.  *** Now – 2020.

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2013 Pascal Aufranc, Vignes de 1939, Chenas – $17
Imported by Constantine Wine.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from a vineyard planted in 1939.  Alcohol 12.5%. The nose remained subtle with dark aromas.  In the mouth were tart red fruit flavors backed by some orange citrus and a little bit of weight.  It eventually took on some cranberry-grape flavors and exhibited the potential for very short-term development.  **(*) 2016-2019.

Three Diverse Wines

I am constantly tasting and drinking wine so I inevitably start falling behind in my posts.  In order to start catching up this post features three completely different wines.  I imagine there should be something for everyone.  The Luberri, Seis is an outstanding value that might get you hooked on modern Rioja and will have you pouring a second glass.  The Aufranc, Vieilles Vignes is strong in personality and should benefit from a year or two in the cellar.  The Laibach, Ladybird is South African in aroma and will benefit from short-term aging.  These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2008 Luberri Vineyards, Seis, Rioja – $13
Imported by De Maison Selections.  This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 15-25 year old vines located on poor chalky clay soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in French and American oak.  This was approachable right out of the glass with scented red-violet fruit on the nose.  In the mouth the gravelly fruit is medium-bodied with grapey hints and flavors of cherry, dark cranberry…berrylicious!  The flavors make way to supportive acidity and grapey tannins which are integrated into the light, flowing weight.  Towards the finish the wine becomes perfumed with spices, cinnamon, and a changing vanilla note.  Why wait? Drink now!  *** Now-2014.

2009 Domaine Pascal Aufranc, Vieilles Vignes de 1939, Chenas – $15
Imported by Wine Traditions.  This wine is 100% Gamay.  The fruit is sourced from old plots of vines planted in 1939 on the isolated Pic de Remont mountain.  The fruit is fermented in oak foudres and stainless steel vats then aged for six months in vat.  Drunk over two nights there is a pungent nose of cherry and aromas reminiscent of fruit fermented a long time in wood, along with hints of black tea.  In the mouth the flavors are light to medium in weight, a little tart with a touch of wood notes.  The ripe, grapey tannins in the aftertaste are rather nice.  On the second night, flavors of strawberry and Kirsch develop in this light wine with cherries in the middle then focused notes of stone.  The acidity makes the tongue salivate before the ripe, good textured tannins come out.  *** Now-2015.

2009 Laibach, The Ladybird, Stellenbosch – $18
Imported by Wine@34South.  This wine is a blend of 54% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot sourced from the first certified vineyards in Stellenbosch.  The vineyards are located on deep clay soils which were planted in 1994.  The fruit is fermented in open top stainless steel tanks with combination of indigenous and inoculated yeasts.  The wine is aged for 12-15 months in 100% French oak barrels.  The nose has delicate texture with aromas of cedar and leafy, green house.  In the mouth the fruit has subtle ripeness, flavors of applewood smoked bacon, and old lavender perfume before becoming blue in flavor with plenty of acidity.  Needs a bit of cellaring to open up.  ** 2014-2017.