Quick Impressions of a Slew of Beaujolais

Arlequin Wine Merchant, San Francisco

Tasted November 15, 2012 by drwine2001 with 492 views

Flight 1 - Kermit Lynch (13 notes)

Hard to beat this line up

Red
2012 Jean Foillard Beaujolais Nouveau France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau
Grapy, dark cherry. Substantial for a nouveau.
Red
2010 Guy Breton Régnié France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
Pale. Mulled red fruit, good acidity, some herb and funkiness.
Red
2008 Guy Breton Régnié France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
Light color. Herbal and earthy with little fruit. A typical 2008 in my experience.
Red
2010 Charly Thevenet Régnié Grain & Granit France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
Dark color, deeply flavored with a bit of funk. Tart, surprisingly powerful and tannic. Very good and so much better than the '09, which was a gooey, overripe mess.
Red
2010 Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Côte de Brouilly France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
Medium color. Floral aromas. Light weight. Black fruit and graphite. Very precise.
Red
2011 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
Dark. Earthy nose. Good concentration. Tart cherry fruit. Very good.
Red
2009 Jean Foillard Fleurie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
Lush, deep red fruit, amazing texture bolstered by excellent acidity. It's probably impossible to get more out of Gamay. This has the stuffing and balance to go on for a few decades.
Red
2008 Jean Foillard Fleurie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
Tawny. Light, dilute and green compared to the '09.
Red
2010 Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Lighter color. Light weight. Very understated, elegant red and black fruit with a bit of sap. Very nice.
Red
2010 Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Magnum. Slightly cloudy, some brett. Strange flavors, tart, not pleasing in its feel. Just weird-probably an off bottle.
Red
2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Medium color. Earth, spice and strawberry. Epitome of elegance and balance with excellent acidity. Wonderful wine.
Red
2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Medium depth of color. Tart, herbal Gamay nose. Good mixed fruit, some sap, crisp acidity and a dash of earth. Really good and I like it much more than the 2009, which was curiously lean and green for that vintage.
Red
2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Deeper color, more overtly fruity than the Corcelette. Larger scaled yet not heavy, dark cherry fruit and less herbaceous than its stablemate. Outstanding! Right up with the Lapierre at the highest rung of this tasting.

Flight 2 - Farm Wine (7 notes)

Also a very fine range

Red
2011 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Beaujolais Cuvée l'Ancien Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Tart aromas and flavors. Light bodied yet authoratative. Classic.
Red
2010 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Côte de Brouilly France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
Medium depth. Floral. Deep, dark core of fruit. Excellent acidity.
Red
2010 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Fleurie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
Very floral, tart and full of soil.
Red
2010 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Morgon France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Restrained, deep, backward and tannic. The biggest 2010 from Terre Dorees.
Red
2009 Georges Descombes Brouilly Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
Deep color. Grapy nose. Spicy fruit.
Red
2010 Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Also fairly dark. Great depth of piquant, spicy fruit. Terrific complexity. Truly excellent.
Red
2010 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
Black fruit aromatics. Light weight, acidic and stony with late arriving fleshier fruit. Terrific.

Flight 3 - Selection Massale (3 notes)

Red
2012 Maison P-U-R (Cyril Alonso and Florian Looze) Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau
Grapy but good depth for nouveau.
Red
2011 Maison P-U-R (Cyril Alonso and Florian Looze) Beaujolais-Villages Quartz et Sable France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
Carbonic style, spritzy. Good depth.
Red
2010 Maison P-U-R (Cyril Alonso and Florian Looze) Morgon Côte du Py France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Carbonic. Restrained nose of black cherry. Fat for a 2010 and somewhat funky.
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