Punt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

There aren’t too many gamays in Australia, but the climate suits it in the Yarra Valley. From Punt Road Wines, this gamay is fashioned in a varietally correct style and has enjoyable aromas and flavours of raspberries and fresh red fruits, rounded by 9 months in old oak. Ready to drink now, this is a lovely medium bodied gamay with immediate appeal. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20s. Website: https://puntroadwines.com.au. Reviewed: December 2019.

Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015

Georges Dubœuf’s Beaujolais-Villages is an ever reliable expression of gamay. But the 2015 vintage tasted here seems a “step up”, noting that this vintage is regarded as exceptional in the region. Deeply coloured in the glass, the 2015 opens to a fruity and exuberant aroma of sour cherries. The palate is medium bodied, fresh and fruity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20.

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Bois des Chênes Beaujolais-Villages 2015

The 2015 vintage was an outstanding one in the Beaujolais region, and it shows.  Domaine Lupé-Cholet’s 2015 Beaujolais-Villages is deeply coloured, with aromas of blackcurrants, cherry and bright red berries.  The palate is mid weighted with good length on the finish.  A good import and a wine for thirsty drinking.   (Alc: 12.5%, Region: Beaujolais, France, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now, Tasted: April, 2017, Source: Sample)

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Bo Jus Le Beaujolais des Impitoyables Beaujolais-Villages 2015

This is a joyous Beaujolais-Villages, all purple and gluggable.  Deeply coloured in the glass, it has a cherried exhuberence to its nose.  Yet it is not a simple wine either.  The palate is fresh and shows some complexity with its raspberry and cherry expression.  Stock up.  (Region: Beaujolais-Villages, Burgundy, France, Rating: Good, Drink: now)

A great by the glass list; and a lovely Punt Road Gamay 2016

I’d plant gamay, I think.  There are few local versions, and those that are there, can enjoy prices that would surprise some from Beaujolais.  I got a few quizzical looks when over there recently.  This is a good gamay from Punt Road in the Yarra Valley, reminding of a Chiroubles tasted the other day (reviewed here).  Light cherry aromatics, and a savoury palate with some fruit sweetness and a hint of grip.  Oh, and the wine list.  Local, interesting and a range of varieties.  What’s not to like?  (Region: Yarra Valley, Rating: Good, Drink: now)

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Domaine des Marrans Vieillies Vignes Chiroubles 2014

The local weather in Melbourne seems to have taken on a decidedly far north Queensland guise over the last couple of days.  Perfect though for a chilled Beaujolais, a style and region that I particularly enjoy.  This Chiroubles was spotted in a local wine store, a tribute frankly to the depth of the offering available in the local wine scene.  It’s a tasty wine, all fresh cherries and earth with hints of complexity.  The palate has just enough grip and is well balanced and a sense of place (you can read notes on my trip to the region last year here).   (Alc: 12.5%, Region: Chiroubles, Beaujolais, France, Rating: Good to Very Good, Drink: now)

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www.domainedesmarrans.com

Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2012

This is a lovely Beaujolais-Villages wine from Louis Jadot.  Our (French) waiter happily pointed out that this family was older than Australia, although I see that Maison Louis Jadot was established in 1859, and therefore, I suspect an entirely unintended technical distinction drawn.  There is some fruit power in this wine, with its aromatics of dark chocolate and plum fruits.  The palate is textured and balanced.  Rating: Good

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Château de Belleverne La Basse-Cour Beaujolais Villages 2014

I was a little stumped recently when asked why I like Beaujolais.  It tends more to be consumed than necessarily pondered upon.  It does fill however a permanent vacancy at home for a lighter red that works with or without food.  Visiting this (beautiful) region last year certainly didn’t hurt either (you can see my notes here).  This wine is actually a pretty good Beaujolais Villages from Château de Belleverne that punches above its appellation.  The Beaujolais that land in Australia can have some intensity to them, and this fits the pattern.  Aromatics of cherries.  The palate is fresh with a full flavoured expression of cherry and redcurrants.  Lovely drinking.  Rating: Good

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www.chateau-de-belleverne.fr