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The Wine Society: Beaujolais wines

Tasted May 10, 2021 - May 20, 2021 by pjaines with 41 views

Introduction

Ordered a load of Beaujolais from The Wine Society in the UK - was really impressed by their selection.... and the more Beaujolais I drink the less Burgundy I buy.

Flight 1 (11 notes)

Red
2019 Coudert Brouilly France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
Took some time to open up, but this is great value with a lean and precise palate that veers more towards Burgundy than Beaujolais.... tight on the tannins but with an open finish. Lovely stuff - really elegant.
Red
2019 Philippe Guérin Moulin-à-Vent Les Thorins Domaine du Moulin d'Eole France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent
Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
Red
2019 Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent
Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
Red
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
Compared to the 2018 (a quite delicious and luxurious experience) the 2019 is like walking out of a warm and decadent opium den into cool London air at 6am on a Sunday morning. Invigorating and refreshing, this is strapped back and almost like drinking water after brushing your teeth. All things are relative of course - there is layers of black fruit and sticky tannins but what elevates this is the freshness - already quite brilliant. This is a lot of wine for £13. Thirteen quid. Thirteen. 13.
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Red
2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
Structured and quite dense with damson fruit and black fruits on the palate - incredibly enjoyable now but this has time on its side. Very much in an "on-the-fruit" moment right now - a couple of years will really elevate this into something more than the sum of its parts. This reeks of quality - it just deserves the respect to be left alone for a while.
Red
2020 The Wine Society Fleurie Exhibition France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
Young and fairly generic at the moment - it has depth and elements of structure but could benefit from 1-2 years in the cellar.
Red
2020 Pierre David Beaujolais-Villages Château d'Emeringes Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
Punchy, fresh and tarte - very much in the classic young Beaujolais frame right now. However, the 2018 I had recently was much broader on the palate... maybe just needs time. Of course, this is perfect as it is for charcuterie in a brasserie watching the world go by.
Red
2020 Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Quincie France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Fresh, punchy and way too young right now - needs to easy into its skin a little bit. A year or two will do the trick.
Red
2018 Trénel Fils Beaujolais-Villages France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
Loved this - screw cap (bravo!), super fresh but has a clarity and poise and a touch of depth that makes this more than a mouth-puckering-teeth-sucking wine. Crushed red fruit and a fresh tannic finish. Really loved this - perfect summer red.
Red
2018 Jacques Depagneux Juliénas Domaine du Greffeur France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Juliénas
Ah man, what unexpected pleasure. £10 buys you a ticket to a ride with so much pleasure you need to double check and say "but you mean I get the whole bottle for this price?"

Gritty, earthy yet also ripe with a not-quite-ripe-not-quite-austere feel on the palate... at times high tones raspberries, and then at times black fruit, mushrooms. Stupid value.
Red
2018 Domaine de la Plaigne Régnié France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
Structured and firm right now ( a good thing in my mind) with black fruits and a rigid structure. Good potential - interesting to come back again in 2-3 years. Great value, with balance and much potential.

Closing

The more Beaujolais I drink the more I realise this is a region of nuance, terroir and spectacular value. Seriously impressive wines with the ability to age, but also be very enjoyable in their youth.

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