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Trénel Côte de Brouilly 2017

La Maison Trénel is part of the Chapoutier stable. From the Côte de Brouilly, this cru Beaujolais is particularly good. It has aromas of red fruits and a cedar like character despite its maturation in cement tanks. The palate is medium bodied with delicious and quite firm tannins. The finish is towards long. This wine…Continue readingTrénel Côte de Brouilly 2017

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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…Continue readingPunt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

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Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles Beaujolais Cru 2016

This is a very classic Beaujolais cru from Georges Duboeuf. From Chiroubles, it has classic cherry and redcurrant aromas and a linear, chalky texture on the palate. Delicious drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20s. Website: http://www.duboeuf.com  Continue readingGeorges Duboeuf Chiroubles Beaujolais Cru 2016

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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…Continue readingGeorges Dubœuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015

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Georges Dubœuf Chiroubles 2015

Deeply coloured, this is a refreshing Chiroubles Beaujolais from Georges Dubœuf. Fruity in impression, it has primary dark cherry aromatics. The palate is medium bodied, with medium length and presents in a fresh and youthful manner with chirpy acidity. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $24.Continue readingGeorges Dubœuf Chiroubles 2015

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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,…Continue readingDomaine Lupé-Cholet Bois des Chênes Beaujolais-Villages 2015

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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)Continue readingBo Jus Le Beaujolais des Impitoyables Beaujolais-Villages 2015

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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…Continue readingA great by the glass list; and a lovely Punt Road Gamay 2016

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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…Continue readingDomaine des Marrans Vieillies Vignes Chiroubles 2014

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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…Continue readingLouis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2012

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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…Continue readingChâteau de Belleverne La Basse-Cour Beaujolais Villages 2014

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Dominique Piron Brouilly 2013

I visited Beaujolais last year and against the weight of popular opinion have long liked the wines of the region.  My post is here.  If the region ever returns to fashion – and it’s such a beautiful region too – all the better.  This is a Brouilly (gamay) from Dominique Piron, and is quite a…Continue readingDominique Piron Brouilly 2013