Although this wine is years passed its supposed prime, it has been a wow experience. The cork gave the first impression of being flawed, but it was actually holding well. I decanted it an hour in advance. Very faded colors, going into a pale pink. Watery in the look, clear. The wine brings scents of ripe redberries and wet green leaves. Almost no alcohol to hold the aromas it is challenging to pick up the different smells, but it brings a very subtle and elegant impression to the nose. Medium-light body, silky. In the mouth it is very discreet until it literally explodes in the finish. Very long finish that starts 1 second after swallowing and ignites a firework of alcohol and spices. On following sips, one can mouth the decadent wet red fruits of the nose aromas. It might lack complexity, but it excels in elegance and the amazing surprise of its finish. Tannins and alcohol are almost non-existent until the aftertaste. I ate it with a lobster and crab bisqué and it matched perfectly well. It will show its best with pasta and dark fish sauces, but also a pleasure to drink alone. A couple of hours later, drank without food, the wine brings a rum and cookies ice cream flavor, finishing again with spicy notes. Outstanding.
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(Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent) Quite a rich colour, but it is not overdone or opaque, merely dense and regal. Initially it is very fruit forward and simple on the nose, but this is a wine that certainly benefits from an hour or two of air contact, as it is after this period of time that the wine really begins to show why so many are warming to Castelnau's techniques in Beaujolais. The aromas intensify and morph into a deep, characterful, slightly wild array with notes of tobacco, liquorice and dark brooding fruit, with a very faint sliver of green earthiness behind. Then there are notes of coffee and nutty toffee, and an opulent honeyed, hot baked biscuits complexity which may be oak related. The palate has a lovely texture, first lean but then fleshing out a little to a rounded but firm composition, a little pepper, with dark fruits and still a lick of oak. Deliciously firm and dry, structured, outgoing but not overly flattering or easy. For Beaujolais it has a very serious disposition, and as I drank this in the cellar, whilst stacking away recent acquisitions, I thought to myself that this deep, earthy and complex wine seemed much more like a Pinot Noir from a little further north in Burgundy than a Gamay. With its soft tannins and composed nature it is totally ready to drink now, although it is sure to improve for a few years yet. Very good indeed.