Posts Tagged ‘Chiroubles’

The 2015 Beaujolais madness continues with Bouland, Chatenay, Chiroubles

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

The 2015 Daniel Bouland Brouilly and Morgon are big hits.  After extensive breathing the 2015 Daniel Bouland, Chatenay, Chiroubles proves to be no slouch either.  I tasted it alongside another bottle of 2015 Daniel Bouland, Vieilles Vignes Corcelette, Morgon which is clearly the more forward wine of the pair.  The Chiroubles is a bit backward at this point and is best left to age a few years before trying again.  It does have the potential to improve.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2015 Daniel Bouland, Chatenay, Chiroubles – $25
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 40 year old vines on sandstone soils.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The bright, red fruit is initially tart but develops an attractive ripe texture.  The wine takes a few hours to open up, ultimately becoming a significantly textured wine.  Promising flavors do come out but the sense of tightness and structure could stand some time. *** 2018-2024.


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.


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.


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.


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.

A Bounty of Great Beaujolais

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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.


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.


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.


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.


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+.


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.

Champagne Day at Weygandt Wines

October 31, 2011 7 comments

This past Friday I was invited to spend #ChampagneDay at Weygandt Wines. Tim O’Rourke reached out to the local community of wine and food bloggers by offering a Champagne tasting with some appetizers from Ripple.  There was also a bottle of Chermette, Cramant de Bourgogne for those willing to taste non-Champagne bubbles.  By 7:30pm a decent crowd had showed up.  Of the Champagnes I really enjoyed the Nathalie Fermet, La Val Cornet followed by the Nicolas Maillart, Platine.  I thought these two bottles were a notch up from the others.

I enjoyed meeting Derek Swanson (The Weekly Wine Pick),  Jessica Orquina and her husband (Jessica In Search Of), Rachel and Brett (DMV Dining), and Joon (Vinicultured).    There were enjoyable wines, new people to meet, and good energy.  Hopefully Weygandt Wines and other merchants will continue to actively reach out to the local bloggers. Thanks again to Tim for hosting all of us.  I will certainly return soon to pick up some Champagne and other French wines.

NV J.L. Vergnon, Conversation Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne
A light yellow straw color with a yeasty, apple like nose.  An initial burst of green fruit/citrus flavor with great bubbles and a strong yeast component.  Not Rated.

NV Philippe Prie, Brut Tradition, Champagne
Richer than the Vergnon, the bubbles were more aggressive with a stronger yeast component.  Not Rated.

NV Nathalie Falmet, Brut Nature, Champagne
A yellowish color.  A strong nose followed by an aggressive start in the mouth.  There was a lovely, continual stream of bubbles with minerals in the midpalate and a long, yeasty aftertaste.  Not Rated.

NV Nathalie Falmet, Cuvee Le Val Cornet, Champagne
This was really quite nice.  The soft, rich Champagne had an awesome, racy, minerally, rich finish.  Drinking perfectly!  My favorite of the Champagnes.  Not Rated.

NV Nicolas Maillart, 1er Cru Brut, Platine, Champagne
This wine is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.  This was almost as good as the Falmet, Le Val Cornet but softer overall and a little less fruit.  Not Rated.

The five Champagnes clearly wetted appetites as bottles of red wine started appearing at the tasting area.  Tim offered up a bottle of Jann Chave, Le Rouvre, Crozes-Hermitage that I neglected to take a note on though I certainly enjoyed a taste.  Of the red wines I enjoyed the 2010 Boulard, 2009 Font Sarade, and the 2010 Domaine des Soulanes.

1983 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
This was a recent $20 bin-end wine that Dereck bought from MacArthurs.  The cloudy, brown color did not bode well but the nose and mouth were better than expected.  Soft, gravelly, and clearly a flawed bottle but drinkable.  Not Rated.

2007 Domaine Savoye, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote du Py, Morgon, Beaujolais
This was minerally, more mature, a decent finish, and reasonably interesting.  Not Rated.

2010 Daniel Bouland, Chiroubles, Beaujolais
This wine is 100% Gamay.  Restrained fruit, good fresh acidity, stones, and fine tannins.  Easy to drink and my favorite of the two Beaujolais.  Not Rated.

2009 Alfredo Maestro, Tejero Vina Almate, Tierres de Leon
This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from a 10-year-old vineyard.  The wine was aged for four months in barrique.  Fresh, nuts, lots of acidity driven flavors.  Not the most interesting to me.  Not Rated.

2009 Domaine Font Sarade, Les Hauts de La Ponche, Vacqueyras
This wine is 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 25% Syrah.  This was the richest of all the wines tasted with ripe fruit, minerality, an intense midpalate, and integrated tannins.  Vacqueyras on steroids!  Not Rated.

2010 Domaine des Soulanes, Kaya, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
This wine is 100% Carignan.  There was a pretty perfumed nose.  In the mouth, flavors of sweet raspberry with dark notes and roast coming out midpalate.  Not Rated.