This bottle is showing a bit of brett, but it's also brimming with lively red fruit and an energy in the mouth that almost brings this wine to life. Makes the slight brett simply fade into the background. What a fun wine!
Rather fruity nose, cherries, strawberries, slightly flowery, hints of animal and herbaceous notes, slightly smoky, some dungheap. Overall somewhat developed and rather Burgundian. Palate with red berries, minerality, good acidity, some tannin. Fine balance and rather ready in development. 89 p.
This is the N (for "non-sulphité") version, as opposed to the lightly sulfured S version. The N or S is found on the back label.
One of the best bottles from the case. On opening, the vibrant red fruit seemed to jump out of the bottle. The red fruit aromas are quickly joined by some light spice (and maybe some sandalwood?). Beautiful mouth feel and length, with good focus, purity and energy -- red fruits, minerals, and a savory edge. This really is a stunningly good Beaujolais. With some soft tannins still to shed, this has the legs to run a few more years.
When this wine is "on" it's terrific. The last few bottles have showed varying amounts of brett, but this one was clean. After it had about a half-hour to open up a bit, this was seamless and classy, showing a solid structure yet with a nice Beaujolais suppleness, red fruit, minerals, good penetration, and an exquisite perfume -- I could have smelled it all night long.
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