Community Tasting Notes (142) Avg Score: 89.5 points

  • I had a string of bad bottles but this one was in great shape - pretty, high-toned candied notes but with some tertiary earth notes, medium weight across the palate - finish is a bit short give the lighter acidity in 2009. Decent

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  • Earthy tertiary fall leaves blackberryskins, I would drink the 2009’s now

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  • Dark fruit, earth, pepper, musk, hints of strawberry. herbs. Damp autumn mist. Bramble and herbs on the palate with enough acidity still. Soft chalky tannins. Lovely soft fading finish. Opened two other bottles of this and found them over the hill.

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  • Dinner at Tonny. PnP'ed (blinded). Wonderful bouquet of dark-cherries, tea, bits of forest-floor/autumn-leaves & some spice reminded me of a wine that's just starting to gain some secondary development... but palate seemed to indicate otherwise, with primary flavours of dark/blue-berries, herbs & more spices. Still extremely youthful with a nice tannin-structure holding up the wine. Good depth & concentration & a medium-long finish. Most guessed a Burg at the 1er-cru level. It'll be extremely interesting to see how this develops further with more cellar age.

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  • Last bottle - delicious. Obviously aged but no traces of tiredness. Red fruited beauty. Medium long. Drink now but no danger of falling off a cliff. Excellent.

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  • A candidate for the most impressive, beautiful, haunting Beaujolais I've ever had. Until you try the right one on its 14th birthday, how would you know? This largely "natural" wine made with ambient yeasts and very low sulfur-the label says drink soon after uncorking- was way ahead of its time.

    The color is a pretty translucent plum lightening toward the rim. No bubble gum on the nose! Beautiful, somber, bosky aromas remind you more of Burgundy than anything. Dark red fruits and sous bois with perhaps a touch of VA. Certainly mature on the palate, unspooling with fading dark fruit flavors, wet autumn leaves, a hint of mint and stone, gentle almost absent tannins, and dare I say it, a suggestion of dusty Cote de Nuits spice toward the finish.

    If you don't like old Burgundy you won't like this, but it's pretty special if you do and are able to put it into context. I don't really have the knowledge to back it up, but a wine like this would have to be considered a forefather of the natural wine movement that IMO few of its progeny are likely to rival. When the winemaker says drink it up (in 2009) I better respect him in 2023. Another glass please before it goes. It somehow conveys a bit of sadness at the inevitable passage of time, like Hopkins' goldengrove unleaving.

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  • What a delightful and delicious bottle of MaV. This needed about 30 min of bottle decanting to really start popping. And pop it did. Crunchy red Pinotesque freed framed by taut acidity. Very fresh and punchy. Served with roast pork done in a sweet Chinese style. Perfect pairing. Have two more bottles to consume in the next few years.

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  • Nicely aged, and drinking well.

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  • A forgotten, or actually lost bottle. This has aged, and gone more tertiary, but remains a solid Burgundian beaujolais. The flavors are muted, and I suspect now is better than later., but no complaints.

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  • Unfortunately I still have a few more of these - and the last few were not good at all. The wine just doesn’t have enough acidity for the long haul to preserve the fruit - my last few bottles have oxidized notes, stewed fruit, whiffs of sherry, etc. And relatively flat. I have a bunch of other 2009 Bojos that are still in great shape (even Brun’s Morgon) but the Moulin-a-vent is firmly past its prime…

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  • After reading other TNs on this, have to put it down as flawed. Very dark with asphalt and vinegar notes that don't belong here.

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  • Dark, hazy brick red. Aromatically very shy with reddish black small fruits, sous-bois, soy, hint of dark florals and cinnamon on the nose. Sweet and savory palate shows a mix of dark berries, brown sauce, minerals, medium acidity and a medium finish. Blind this will very much pass off as an aged Beaune premier cru.

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  • A fruit-forward wine with medium body. Delivers on expectations (actually exceeds a bit, based on the reviews below). Paired well with a variety of Chinese takeout dishes. Very nice.

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  • My last bottle, not sure what I was expecting but this was lovely. Aligned with Rieslingfan sans the watermelon bubblegum...I have a few other 09s from Terres Dorées and will need to see if I can find them.

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  • Dried fruits. Medium bodied. Maybe some mushrooms. Lacking in acidity at this point.

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  • Barely budged since release. Still has that fresh bright berry fruit and firm Moulin-a-Vent structure.

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  • Flowers, potpourri, lavender, lilacs, and raspberry. There’s still a tannic structure just not letting go and lots of acidity. I’m not so sure the flavor profile will change much. A bit of earth and mushroom come through with red fruit and similar flowers. It’s good. It’s ready.

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  • Last bottle, and a very good bottle indeed. This is the most "Pinoted" of all six bottles I owned. It struck me as a lovely, properly aged Bourgogne from first sniff and sip. Not exalted at all, but comforting, like the warm blankets of the bed at home. Still showing red fruit, and also distinct earthy and leafy tones, and the only Gamay tell was the brightness of the fruit, and maybe (even perhaps in my imagination) a hint of watermelon bubblegum. It was so lovely that I drank through it rather too quickly, and it was all I could do to leave a few sips to guide me through writing this note. Goodbye old friend.

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  • Decanted for ~3-hrs by the time we got to it, and served alongside the Jadot La Roche in a pair. Classically made, both the wines exhibited lots more (weight-wise) dark fruits than the preceding Metras Fleuries. Given that '09 was a warm vintage, this was surprisingly still very fresh, with no guesses homing in '09 and most veering towards '15. Some herbs & a little spice on the nose; Dark cherries abound & some plums too, with nice concentration/weight on the palate. A very good/well-made wine, but not much on the excitement front though, with little to no secondary notes coming through. Had been 11-yrs (now 12) since, and one kinda wonders really how long can we (or do I need to) age these Bojos? At this glacier pace (the way this '09 is currently showing), there's no hurry man!

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  • Opened after a 2009 Brun Morgon was poured out because of nonspecific nogoodness. This was much better, and in a good spot for drinking. Dark fruit but light in touch. Very good acidity. No hurry to drink it.

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  • Cloudy wine with lots of sediment. Not much fruit left. Lots of dark wet earth, forest, and stone. Soft tannins. Drink up. Nice, but not very enjoyable.

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  • Was a bit funky at opening, but cleared up after 10 minutes or so. Good fruit quality and elegant drinking but I think it is done -- drink now.

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  • I waited three years since the prior bottle (other than one that was corked...grrrr), and this is still very fresh. Deep cherry fruit, fresh, green herbs, light earth tones - it has gone a bit Burgundian in the nest sense of the word. It is flawed though, as it seems to evaporate from the glass. Whenever I look, it's gone! Drink now and over the next 10+ years. It has tons of life.

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  • Pairing red with shitake ramen ... and this worked! So earthy but with foundational dark-weathered fruit.

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  • Find the Pinot in the Gamay: Lots of dark fruit. A soft texture but still lots of tannin. Not showing any secondary characteristics. This could age for much longer.

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  • Probably a bit on the decline, but still a very enjoyable bottle

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  • More thin than prior bottle with less fruit on the midpalate, this made me wonder if this is best enjoyed now.

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  • Joli vin frais, au fruité avenant, épicé et bien équilibré, encore en pleine forme. Le seul bémol est qu’il n’a pas développé de complexité particulière. Rien ne presse pour le boire toutefois et peut-être est-ce que ça arrivera un jour? 89 pts

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  • A nice mature bottle. Shows a Burgundian nose of cherry and spice. Fairly light in texture, with some smoke and a slight floral note. Good length. I see no reason to wait.

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  • Juicy acidity and red fruit flavors. Nothing particularly interesting.

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  • This is performing very well from my cellar. Colour without a sign of age. Rich, complex, fruity and even on day two from the partly emptied bottle it doesn't show a hint of decline. 92+ points from the WA in 2010 with a drinking window 2010-2018. 5/12/18/9, -2025+ in a cool cellar.

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  • Brick red color; briar notes, dried fruits, plums, earthy, dusty tannins. Tight on opening, it rounded out after about 45". Excellent with duck liver pate.

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  • Ruby with no signs of age. Elderberry, cherries, spices, rose hip, marrow and iron. On the palate it shows great poise. Fruit, acid and a bit of round smooth tannin are perfectly balanced. So far as the last bottle, but this shows far more power, concentration and depth. 5/12/18/9. -2025? Beaujolais is much more sensible to less than optimal storage conditions as bordeaux for example and the partly poor scores here are a symptom for this, I guess. However there are significant bottle variations from my cellar at this stage. But no bottle was less than at least excellent.

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  • Dark red with bricking. Nose shows tons of minerals and iron which over time opens up to reveal a heady mix of perfumed dark red fruits, dark florals, cinnamon and forest floor. Shows good depth to sweet-tart crushed red fruits, hint of bitter cherry skins and pits, touch of leather, soil and a long perfumed finish redolent of spice box and florals.

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  • The wine was much more expressive on day 1 - decent nose w/ mellow fruit with leather and earthy notes - I would never guess gamay in a million years. But this is a big improvement from 2-3 years ago when the wine was still very tight. A bit flat on the palate with acidity just lacking a bit (given the warm vintage) - still decent but would have benefitted from a bit more. Tannins were a bit more present on day 2 but the aromatics fell apart - definitely a day one wine. Overall a bit disappointing.

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  • Disappointing due to lack of fruit. Mostly minerals and earth on the nose and palate. Decent color and nose and palate, i.e., not over the hill, but no fruit whatsoever.

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  • Ruby with no signs of age. Elderberry, cherries, spices, rose hip. On the palate it shows great poise. Fruit, acid and a bit of round smooth tannin are perfectly balanced. It shows not the exuberant fruit of most beaujolais, but is calmer and complex, more like a pinot noir. From my warmer than textbook cellar, it is still in great shape, but I think that it should be consumed in the near term. 5/11/17/8. -2019?

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  • very deep color, muddled fruits, still has firm acidity and some tannins... overall very disappointing and quite dull lacking pop and freshness and zippy fruit... maybe i just like young zippy tangy styles of beajolais or maybe bottle was flawed...

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  • This bottle was much better, much fresher & livlier than the last one. Ergo, possible flaw then. Good wine here and not too soon to drink.

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  • As opposed the Fleurie, this came across as being more intellectual. It had more structure, and still had some bit of tannins that was noticeable. Exhibited minerality, leather and some plums on the palate. Technically better than the Fleurie, but lost out slightly (at this juncture) in the enjoyment department...

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  • Cru Beaujolais Tasting - Exploring all the Crus (New York, NY): # 6 of 21 wines tasted. From magnum. The second of 3 Moulin-a-vents tasted in the line-up. I really enjoyed this one (In the top five of the tasting for me) with a very elegant palate of mature red fruit, minerals and an earthiness. Tried the left overs on day 3 and it was still holding up very nicely. Surprised that the group only voted 1 penny, none from me but it would have been my next choice.

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  • Eight months since my last bottle of this, and it continues to be youthful and delicious. I need to bury my other two bottles and keep hands off. For now it's red and black cherry fruit, with hints of herb and earth that are starting to emerge. It's a lot of fun to drink now, but feels like there is ten times the pleasure hiding in the background.

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  • I've liked the 2010, but am not a fan of the 2009. Somewhat flat on opening and fails to develop much dimension. Not terrible, but I'd rather be drinking something interesting.

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  • Really lovely now, with sweet, iron-inflected fruits and spicy-yet-silky palate presence. Delicious.

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  • Consistent with last bottle. Excellent. Should continue to drink well for years.

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  • Popped and poured a small taste, but didn't get any more than that. This was very good right out of the bottle, showing ripe, but balanced fruit, minerals, nice finish. Seems to be in a very good spot right now. A-

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  • This magnum surprised us all in a very positive way. Until this magnum, I had come to the conclusion that only the better Morgons were delivering on the new upgraded - gamay-can-age phenomenon. Brun has delivered an appropriately nuanced Moulin -a -Vent, with an almost silky texture, very nicely integrated medium red cherry, plum and forestry flavors and a now well balanced acid profile. No decant needed. Once again, seeing gamay brought to a new level by these biodynamic, old vine small producers is wonderful and these wines are an excellent QPR. At the same time, they underscore,with age, the conclusion that while they take on some Pinot- like characteristics, age-- even 15 years in one case-- cannot produce the Pinot complexity or perfume in a gamay like some have predicted. Having said that, trading some purplish, youthful exuberance in a young cru Beaujolais for this type of structured, nicely blended aged wine is worth enjoying without the Pinot comparison.

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  • I often love Cru Bojo as my goto Pinot Noir substitute and all around great drink. However I continue to usually be underwhelmed when I age them. I did prefer these younger but the Brun stable was not one of my favorite from the vintage. In fact more 2009s are simply not loving me these days. So maybe I just like them younger, will need to see more. Been happy with a pretty wide variety of 2013/14 FWIW. Anyhow this wine has dropped some fruit but still quite nice especially n the nose. Palate is perfectly fine but shortish finish.

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  • Supple and open, this showed a lot of red fruit and some spice and earth tones. I was very happy with the texture, and several years of age has also mellowed the fruit a touch from its exuberant youth. Lovely now and has plenty of stuffing/depth to hold on for further development.

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  • Lacking some of the wild and bright brambly fruit I like in a bojo, but moulin a vent sometimes do. Deep and dark and more petit sirah. I like this, but the acid and wild flavors I wanted were a tad lacking, particularly considering the vintage. Good wine but I expected a tiny bit more.

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  • Not sure if this bottle was representative or not, but I wasn't all too impressed; The palate came off as too "grapey," with slightly sweet fruit and a lack of acidity relative to my favorite Beaujolais; Might just be in an awkward stage and in need of more air

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  • Beautifully complex with well-water, interplay of green and ripe, smokey petroleum, sweet funk, and a somehow creamy and gritty textures. Improves as it opens up. Solid at depth.

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  • From the bottle, the wine is substantial, with interesting components, which don't seem to me to be pulling together terribly well at this time. I'd disagree with the recent notes suggesting that it is in a good drinking window now, though it has the potential to be very good down the road when it comes through this developmental stage.

    Came back to this two nights later, and it's become leaner and more focused, with earthy, chewy tannins. Worth a go, if you have a few.

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  • nose - charcoal, toasted oak, surripe strawberry
    mouth - very nicely fruited, fleshy plum, really a very elegant and delicious wine. blinded i might guess pinot noir

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  • Encore en pleine forme: frais et soyeux, fougueux comme en jeunesse, il évolue à merveille.

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  • Exquisite cru beaujolais with dark cherries, plums, herbs, forest floor, graphite, pencil shavings. stunning purity and elegance. In a really good place right now. Give it 1 hour breathing or decant

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  • Popped and poured, youthful ruby/purple, deep for Beaujolais. Initially somewhat reticent, the nose needs about about 60 minutes before expanding into a lovely perfume of black raspberry, black cherry, vanilla bean, nori, an impression of minerals and a subtle note of provencal herbs. With air, aromas of iron and game emerge. Beautiful. Moderate body. Lively, enthusiastic notes of dark fruits, fresh cedar, green herbs, tobacco and minerals on the palate...almost like a Chinon with Bojo fruit. Decent acidity and a fair amount of chalky, even chewy tannins on the lingering close. Great with food.
    Although this needs a bit of coaxing to show, once everything comes together it's absolutely lovely. And while the tannins indicate a long life, it might be more prudent to drink this one now and over the next few years before the fruit starts receding.

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  • Drinking very nicely, with red fruit and some plum flavors.

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  • Very good. However, do not give this wine too much air or the fruit disappears.

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  • Not too surprising, but this has a lot of structure, and while there is still a lot fruit, it's not all that open. Enjoyable after some time in the decanter, but I expect this will show better in a few years

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  • Very similar to the last bottle, very expressive red fruit nose, ripe tomato and crushed raspberry. Again, the palate is a bit more muted, high-toned cherry, roasted tomato and cranberry. It has the ripe fruit notes from the vintage, but leaves you wanting a bit more from the palate. I'll give the next bottle a few more years to open up, as there's still a lot of potential here.

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  • Nice and light on opening. Softened with air. Plummy flavors

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  • Still carrying a little extra fruit from the warm vintage, but that's just an observation, not a complaint. Generous and open, this is the quintessential roast chicken wine. Good thing we had it with roast chicken - a delight and gone too fast. Wish I had another case.

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  • +1hr to open. Very approachable.

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  • Nice wine. Well balanced, with just a hint of astringency on the palate. Fruit is on the darker side for a Beaujolais, perhaps in keeping with the Moulin-A-Vent appellation? No regrets drinking now, but this can spend some more time the cellar with no problems.

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  • Popped and poured. Leather cherry aroma. Dusky cherry flavor. Some vanilla in the finish. Well integrated, some complexity, Firm acids, vibrant, alive. Drinking beautifully right now.

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  • Delicious. Fruity, elegant and roasted. Boysenberry, dark cherry, grilled herbs, brown sugar, leather and mineral. Fresh, sweet and savory. Medium bodied, light (yet still chunky) tannin, integrated acid and a mineral finish. This is great. À point but has lots of energy. Lots of '09 fruit. There is depth but screams "Drink me!". Took an hour to open up. Excellent with butter fried karei (flounder) and mixed mushrooms with parsley. Honestly I didn't think this would pair well with a white fish but it did. Great with the eggs and a bit of yuzuka.

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  • The first bottle a couple of years ago had super deep and impressive young fruit, and this has now indeed lost a bit of that edge. Very '09 ripe fruit (and is there some oak too?) but not so vibrant or exciting anymore.

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  • Opened on the spur of the moment last night, this was much more expressive/giving than I expected it to be. The fruit is still very youthful, and there is still some level of backbone, even a bit more accentuated, as the fruit level has backed off just a bit. Not too much in the way of bottle complexity at first, but it did show some elegant floral and turned earth scents with time. Overall just a really enjoyable drink, which is why I buy Beaujolais.

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  • Served with grilled sockeye, corn salsa, fresh greens. Dark garnet red in glass. A bit closed at first, but opened up nicely. Rich mineral & earth, aged fruit, plum in nose. Soft tannin, rich, with a bit of fresher fruit on palate, some cherry, raspberry hints. Drinking perfectly. Medium body and finish. Excellent with the food.

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  • Second time trying since two and half years ago, this is showing much better than before. Perfumy blueberries, cherry juice, fresh herbs, and some Chinese beef tendons come through. Balance here is impeccable, and the purity of fruit is awesome. A bit waxy texture makes it even more pleasing on the palate. 12% alc.

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  • As elegant and delicious as before, and even a little more deep flavors. Great QPR.

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  • Really liked this; it helped me reinforce the idea that 09 bojo is not all over the top. The fruit here is turned up to 11, but it's a brambly, surly dark red fruit - not really bouncy and fun. And there's graphite and minerality to match the fruit - everything is full-bore. Yet it somehow manages to maintain a medium body and still be easy to drink without food. Seems to have the backbone to go a long way - I'll be looking out for more.

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  • Unblended Gamay wine, aged in burgundian oak barrels. Decanted: one hour in advance. Medium intense red color with a bright translucent rim and a nice fruity nose with scents of crushed berries, wild herbs and some earthy tones. The palate is out of balance; the tannins are a quite obtruding and strongly covering the fruit elements. Spicy but astringent finish.

    100 percent Gamay-wijn, gerijpt op Bourgondische eiken vaten. Gedecanteerd: één uur op voorhand. Vrij intense rode kleur, wat transparant en waterig aan de rand. Mooie fruitige neus met aroma’s van geplette bessen, wilde kruiden en ook wat aardse nuances. In de mond, een niet echt evenwichtige wijn ; de stugge tannines domineren het aanwezige fruit volledig. Kruidige maar astringente finale.

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  • Nice smokiness and soft fruit profile. Quite enjoyable.

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  • this wine was good on the first night ... I put half a bottle in the fridge and came back to it a couple nights later -- much better. This is my kind of wine. I would revise the score upward -- if scores mattered.

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  • Day 2 --- Very dark transparent red --- Nose red berries, flowery, cut herbs, green tea, field sorrel, some mint --- Palate fresh, acidic, tea, earthiness, tobacco leaves, herbal, medicinal tones, mushrooms, tart brittle tannins --- Finishes medium long on tart aspects, tea, tobacco and tannins. Whoww, so different to last tasting, much better on day 2, unbelievable falvour richness, tasty, interesting, captivating, entertaining. I am really impressed and surprised by its class. Beaujolais champions league. Very nice. This vine absolutely reinvents Beaujolais for me. Authentic and individual world class. Still very fresh, appears young, believe in 2-3 years of development.

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  • An elegant fruit-filled beaujolais well worth quaffing.

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  • Drank over two nights. Very tight and unyielding on night one, and revealing itself only a bit on night two. Nose of smoke, pepper, black-fruit, and pine needles. Dark and brooding on the palate, unclenching on night two just enough to show tart black fruit, pepper, iron, and beef jus. Finish is a bit clipped with astringent tannins, and loads of dry extract. Like the 2009 Coudert Cuvee Tardive, this wine is still much too young, and I regret opening this bottle. Gilman's ambitious drinking window may well prove correct (2015-2050).

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  • I think I might respect this wine more than I enjoy it. It does not display what I've come to think of as the excesses of the vintage, but neither does it present the sheer pleasure that I like my Beaujolais to have. Perhaps this has as much to do with its vinification as it does with 2009. Is the wine too serious? (Or am I not serious enough?)

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  • Pure red core, lighter at rim. Nice nose of cherry and red berries, leafy underbrush. Medium body, pure clean red fruits follow the nose, nice minerality and acidity, less tannins than last years bottle on the mid- and back palate, excellent to outstanding.

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  • Thick Ruby colour.
    Big nose of strawberry, bubblegum, cherryade. Probably some other stuff in there as well, but I wasn't really looking for it.
    Thick palate, low tannins, plenty of acidity.

    I think that this tastes how Beaujolais should. scummy "bistro wine".

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  • Profound nose of strawberry jam, blackberry and mulled spices, concentrated but balanced. The palate is a bit flatter than the nose, red and brambly fruit, almost plum, ripe tomato and a slight astringent green tinge.

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  • Very good beaujolais but I've had much better wines from this excellent 2009 vintage

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  • Bright red fruit with an approachable nose. Decent midpalate, a bit light on the finish. Overall, a pleasant bojo, but I expected a little more oomph from this producer in this vintage.

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  • 2009 Cru Beaujolais (Tasted Blind) (Rich & Peggy's House, Los Altos, CA): Refreshing nose (B+). Nice, young palate (B+).
    My #3, Group's #3 (33 pts). Tasted blind.

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  • Blind Tasting 2009 Cru Beaujolais (Rich & Peggy's House, Los Altos, CA): Pretty, ripe raspberry nose. Juicy raspberry palate, floral notes and ripe fruit skin tannins that persist through the long finish. Delicious. (my 1st, group's 2nd)

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  • Still a stunner, offering Xmas spice, roast beef, broth, black raspberry and root beer candy aromatically. On the palate this has tons of juicy, acidic verve, with precise black raspberry and brothy flavors. In a perfect spot, pop n pour.

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  • Certainly pleasant, with nice fruit upfront on the nose but curiously flat in the mid palate. There is almost a soapy after taste, at least a hint. OK, but I have enjoyed many more interesting bottlings, including several by this same producer.

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  • Orfinaire, déjà passé sa prime, presque plus de fruit, cuir et prune avec des saveurs de réduction!!!

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  • WCC: Totally Blind Reds (Bob's (chezfur)): [Double decanted for about 12 hours.] Light fruity. Black fruit in the mouth and some tannin still showing. The most serious wine of the flight, but not my favorite.

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  • Corked, but not totally scalped, so an opportunity to try out the plastic wrap trick. Poured off one glass of corked wine as a control and fed the rest into a decanter with a large amount of plastic wrap, and let sit through dinner. Returning to the wine about an hour later showed a considerably diminished corkyness compared to the control glass, but not below perceptible levels. Perhaps more time or more plastic wrap?

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  • Pure red core, lighter at rim. Nice nose of cherry and red berries, leafy underbrush. Medium body, pure clean red fruits follow the nose, nice minerality and beautiful balancing acidity, some tannins on the mid- and back palate, excellent to outstanding.

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  • Day 2 --- Dark cherry red --- Nose fruity, strawberry, raspberry, some elegant wood notes --- Palate smooth, watery, vivid acidity, raspberry, red berries, some black tea, some rhubarb --- Finishes on minerality and cherry flavours popping up for a moment. 88 today and 91 yesterday. The vine lost its flowery aspects and layers of different fruits overnight while it gained this interesting tea aspect. Better empty the bottle on
    day one.

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  • The nose balances sweet dark berries with fantastic secondary notes of underbrush, earthen chalk, and smoked meats. The palate is similarly energetic, boasting ripe but light bodied dark fruits overlying a granite minerality and an interesting streak of game. Notes of dried red berries, baking spice, and leather drive the refreshing finish. Excellent beaujolais. R&M 89

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  • excellent wine, but very young - will keep for several more years

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  • Is there a better top to bottom reasonably priced vintage/terroir combination than 2009 Beaujolais? Probably have had at least a couple dozen producers now, and almost all are fantastic, individual and have something to say. The 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent is fantastic in its minerality, spice, floral components and myriad of other components, all packaged nicely with near bracing acidity. This has some years ahead of it and is an amazing package for barely $20.

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  • Pure, fresh and open. Roasted red berries, lavender, spice, orange peal and tar. Medium bodied, medium tannin, great acid, and saline with a long finish. A little four square on the palate but well balanced with nice perfume and, ultimately, great wine. Paired well with beef broccoli (must be that oyster sauce).

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  • Pure red core, lighter at rim. Very expressive nose of cherry and strawberry with a nice leafy underbrush and some mouth-watering umami. Medium body, pure clean red fruits follow the nose, nice minerality and beautiful balancing acidity, some tannins still to resolve on the mid- and back palate, the fruit tapers a bit on the finish. I suspect this wiill be even better in a few years, but excellent to outstanding now.

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  • My second favorite 09 after lapierre. Beefy and brothy with stunning red fruits and purity.

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  • In a good place at present. Nice soft fruit with enough complexity for interest.

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  • Good. A little green.

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  • Attendre encore 2-3ans avant la prochaine. Tres prometteur

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  • En carafe un 2 heures.
    Nez assez fin sur les cerises et les prunes avec un pointe d'herbes.
    En bouche, c'est fin et assez délicat. Beaucoup de cerises sures et une belle minéralité. Tannins soyeux mais assez serrés. Finale de longueur moyenne.

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  • My fourth or fifth time with this wine. Popped and poured a glass, then decanted the rest and drank over the course of 3 hours. This is the most backward and tightly wound of the bottles I've had. The nose was very closed initially, but slowly opened to show a black fruit profile, along with some blood and iron notes. Completely unyielding on the palate, showing nothing but a solid core of acid and tannin with barely a glimpse of black fruits and a stony, mineral streak through the finish. Shut down for business now but I'll be eager to see where this goes in 3-5 years.

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  • 3hr decant, drunk over 6hrs. Translucent Gamay purple lightening to a clear watery rim. Dark fruit, spice, iron and granite, and a fantastic mineral core. The finish is a bit short with puckering astringency at the tail-end, and clearly holding much in reserve. Hold.

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  • second off bottle of this...stripped.

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  • my first real experience with this exceptional vintage of Beaujolais. Excellent noise and just beautiful... battling between a 92 and 93 glad i have few more bottles in the cellar

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  • crushed red berry fruit with some dark spice character. old oak. medium finish is pleasant.

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  • Nose of cherry core, hint of white pepper with a slight floral component. On the palate, this is still pretty tight, although with good depth of fruit. Again, cherry pits with flower petals. This needs time in the bottle to put on some weight, but everything is there.

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  • opened 12hrs before dinner. nose of flowers, saline & fruit punch. a little rougher around the edges than the '09 Brun Morgon, but still very good.

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  • Aromas reminiscent of cocktail cherries. Cool fruit in the direction of raspberry candies in the mouth. Nice acciity and a tannic bite on the end.

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  • From Magnum. My first time trying this wine. While I enjoyed it, I was not bowled over. Many notches above Beaujolais Nouveau & Villages. There is good purity here, but little elegance at the moment. I think this needs a few years in the cellar.

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  • I opened this mid-afternoon, for a visiting sommelier from a Michelin-starred restaurant. He was very impressed, noting in particular how it was relatively typical Beaujolais, in contrast to trendy Morgons, with their full, polished flow. Whilst some elegant structure was evident, it was rather inexpressive; as I had worried it would be as we are in the final days of the first lives of ’09 Beauj. I didn’t decant, and put the bottle aside (cool) for the evening. Later, whilst the aromatics were still muted, it delivered a marvellous, un-showy express of surely v-old-vine Gamay. Nicely translucent. Truly extended (stunning reach), with an old-wood feel that evokes traditional Rioja. Primarily red-spectrum fruit, with a lingering undertone of pale plums and red pears. A silken feel, yet with body in the middle; the width of which pulsed in and out: as if a slim woman’s silken dress in a breeze. The acidity makes this feel so crazily alive! Occasionally a MaV terroir aspect via faint gun-smoke, darkest-rose and (quite a lot of) salt. Not a mineral MaV right now though. The combination of wowza, perky acidity within some body, and agreeable, faint, linear tannin-lines, make it extremely drinkable now, despite the lack of aromatic expression. 6 hours after opening, oxidisation made the flavours suddenly round and blunt disagreeably. Therefore I’d expect that in its maturity (7-10 yrs of age) it shouldn’t be decanted more than half an hour (it will need that much to straighten out its mature aromas). 91-93 now, 91.

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  • Frais, vibrant, très beau fruit, un peu mince et de persistance moyenne au mieux. Certainement très bon. Et un 12,5% d'alcool très sympa avec ça!

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  • Gamay from M-a-V has to be the most dense, compact rendition of the grape, and Brun renders it without chaptalization, 71B or stems. Shoot, some of the wines are even rendered without appellation status (hooray AOC! Yew is smartt!). Quite meaty with a riveting sense of acidity and more red than black fruit perking this up. A pinch of bark and more than a pinch of granitic focus lend some wilderness to this. Right now, the tannin is buried but perceptible. Transcendent fruit here, yet it retains noticeable structure and torque.

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  • Deep, dark, minerally, and grippy. Pretty forboding at first but a good splash decant opened the door slightly and gave a peek at another beautiful 09. Hold for a few years.

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  • Strawberry and lavender on nose, strawberry, raspberry on palate, some beetroot, floral, good acidity, balanced, not at all heavy, no heat (12.5%), just beautiful now but suspect better in 3+ years

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  • This wine was aerated in decanter for approximately one hour, then served at approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is deep crimson with an explosive nose of raspberries, cherries, pickling spice and citrus. Medium-bodied on the palate, with fresh acidity, light tannins and well-integrated alcohol. The flavors are in line with the nose and the middle is solid. Long, smooth finish. This wine is a liquefied breath of fresh air. Yet another phenomenal 2009 Beaujolais. Bravo! Drink now-12/15.

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  • Among the best '09 Bojos I've had. This has the crispness of the Cuvée l'Ancien but of course with a lot more depth and intensity. Even a hint of CO2, which together with the terrific acidity really makes the wine vibrate on the palate. Some tannins too. Such a beautifully balanced wine with a great future.

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  • 2011 Simple Series 7: Gary (Paradise Pavilion @ MBFC): Alcohol :: 12%
    Bright purplish in color, youthful. This has unusual perfume aromas of violet and red floral tones and lovely cherry cola and fresh strawberry that almost come across as new world, really expressive. The palate is equally perfume with good energy, bright fruits profile. Medium level of ripe tannin is slightly rough, but not at all a distraction. Rich and complex with touch of lightness to it. The finish is complex and intense too. This is a real stunner of wine by Beaujolais standard. Who said Beaujolais can’t produce wine that will benefit with age? Buy - Maybe.

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  • Popped and poured. Medium-plus, brilliant dark ruby hue. Cherry fruit, iron, game, wild herbs, crushed rocks on the nose...quite "sauvage" if you will. Medium-plus body. On the palate, this structured Moulin-à-Vent shows a solid core of mineral-laden, ripe red fruits which are complimented by hints of spice that only emerge with air. Quite primary, the tannins are astringent on the moderate close. While the ripe fruit and larger structure of 2009 are certainly evident, the more "extreme" characteristics of the vintage seem somewhat toned down...really, the overall impression is more that of an excellent, age-worthy Beaujolais that stays true to the appellation; should be outstanding after 2-4+ years in the cellar.

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  • The first day this was nothing to write home about, one of my least favorite 2009 cru bojos. Vacuvined and left at cellar temp, on day two - wow. The fruit is out to shine and the bouquet explodes from the glass, with spices, roast beef, iron/ore and dark fruits. A delicious black raspberry emerges on the finish, very fleshy. I'd decant these for 4 or 5 hours prior to drinking a bottle now - this should be a gem in 5 years or so.

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  • Nice fruit, earth, mineral balance at first. pure. But with air I felt like this closed down and tasted like minerals and iron (not much fruit left). maybe it needs time....

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  • 12,5% d'alcool, 100% Gamay
    Oeil : rubis moyen à reflets bleutés, viscosité modérée à forte en parois
    Nez : projection d'intensité moyenne, frais, arômes d'argile mouillée, silex, pointe végétale, groseille, canneberge, fruits noirs, pointe mentholée
    Bouche : sec, ample, astringence modérée, tanins fins et plutôt charnus, acidité modérée+, amertume modérée+, rétro sur la groseille,la canneberge et l'argile, belle longueur
    Conclusion : plutôt austère à ce stade-ci, très bel équilibre par ailleurs et gagnera certainmenent dans les prochaines années. À revisiter en 2013+

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  • Meh. Not as impressive as many other '09 Bojos I've tried recently, and lacking some of the acid and verve of the best examples from this vintage. Not bad, but not particularly memorable. Could be this is shut down, but I tried it over 4 nights and it didn't evolve much, so if it is closed, it's hibernating. Darker, less vibrant ruby color than your typical Bojo with bright cherry, bay leaf, and lavendar on the somewhat reserved nose. Medium bodied with relatively low acid, cranberry and cherry flavors, and a medium plus finish. This is definitely on the more elegant end of the spectrum and should improve, but you can find a lot better beaujolais for about half the price (e.g. Braves Regnie, Raousset Chiroubles, Dupeuble's basic Bojo). Even in MAV, I much prefer Jadot's Chateau des Jacques.

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  • I hadn't intended to buy any '09 Bruns because I remember being underwhelmed by the '05s, but Marty L was talking this one up and it occurred to me that I had way too much Morgon in this vintage and not nearly enough Moulin-à-Vent, so. . . . anyway, glad to have added this one to the stable. It has the firmer and more boxy structure of Moulin-à-Vent, but that's a good thing because it helps balance out the fruit, which is all rich berry fruit laced with vivid granitic minerality -- a very classic showing and another '09 Beaujolais that should meet with the approval of anyone who's finding some other examples over-the-top. It's not the most complex bottle and while I might wish for a bit more intrigue, it somewhat makes up for that deficiency through its sheer purity.

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  • corked

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  • Tight, tight, tight. The NFL is more generous during labor negotiations. There's a bit of ripe red fruit, but mostly this is closed for business like my favorite sports league after March 4th, 2011.

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  • Dense, droit, tendu, une belle concentration avec des promesses à tenir. Très bonne longueur, il a du coffre, de la fraicheur et du fruit, quoiqu'il s'exprime discrètement à ce stade. Superbe exemple du millésime, à revoir dans quelques années. 91-92 pts

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  • Un peu fermé en ce moment, ce vin semble très structuré, fait pour la garde. 90-91+

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  • Popped and poured. Nice cherry/ raspberry fruit backed by minerality. Strong acidity. Velvet and iron. Well balanced. Really enjoyable.

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  • Tout en fruit, avec de la belle matière, une bonne structure en bouche. achat avisé

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  • Nez sur les bleuets, mûres, quelques notes animales et du poivre blanc. Vin dense en bouche, avec une minéralité qui s'exprime sur une touche saline fort agréable. Le tout culmine sur un fruit croquant dans une longue finale délicieuse. Encore légèrement renfrogné, ce vin devrait se révéler superbe au cours des 10-15 prochaines années. À ce prix, ce serait une erreur de ne pas s'en procurer au moins une demi-caisse. 91-92

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  • The whole of me reverberates with this wine. For a moment I was trapped inside the energy of one single perfect Gamay grape, right before the hired helped snatched me up. This wine, for as mesmerizing as it is already, will be something so special with patience and a cool, cool cellar. I fear I may have to buy more and still finish my inventory before the move. But I wouldn't trade that opportunity for anything. This stuff is supernal. It's loaded with extract, a concentrated and markedly tannic species of Gamay, but so vibrant in the way only Gamay can be. This was like biting into a pear which was in fact made of some fusion of mulberry and raspberry. The fruit quality is furry, if that makes sense. The finish is as fresh, buoyant and developed as the attack, and nothing was spared, so far as I can tell, in ensuring the healthiest of fruit made it into barrel. Quite simply, this is an illustrious, aristocratic, but downright promiscuous Moulin-a-Vent. And at 12% alc/vol and 13 Euro/bottle, I may prove more than just a one-hump chump tonight. Say what?

    (Added: Schildknecht's assessment of this wine can hardly be improved upon, insofar as you find my candor and/or assessment a bit, uhh, lacking. He's truly defined this wine's outer boundaries, and I commend him for that. It's about time Gamay got its due. Shame that its "Perfect" vintage doesn't come around as often as Burgundy's, which I find impossible to believe and a notion clearly manufactured by its pundits, who by and large cannot be categorized as anything less than profoundly influential. They'd do well to give their southern neighbors the nod more often.)

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  • This is the most serious beaujolais that I have ever had. smells like beaujolais but tight and closed. still tight, good earth and soil. pure.

    This will be great but I wish I hadn't opened it.... it will be so much better in 5 years.

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  • Starts out incredibly primary and awkward initially with a grape juice-like sweetness and the tannins and acids feeling a little disjointed. Three hours in a decanter transform it completely, as all the components come together into a seamless, silky textured whole with beautiful red fruits dusted with cinnamon and other baking spices up front, and a savoury, slightly saline finish.

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  • Pretty, full nose with slight pepper, underbrush. Full palate, pretty bojo. 87-89

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  • pure, concentrated and focused. beautiful gamay with earthy red berries aromas.du grand art

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  • Are you as sick as I am about '09 hype? Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, it's the year of the Killer B's, and all that's going to happen is we get stung by the prices. Of course, there's no Bordeaux or Burgundy to taste yet for mere mortals, so we'll have to make do with Cru Beaujolais, the greatest since the historic '49 or whatever. What is the aspiration of great Beaujolais? I don't really know, all we can do is take our best shot at what's in the bottle.

    Here we have a sparkling translucent ruby color, with a nose that is all fresh cherries and raspberries, absent most of the annoyingly candied components of ordinary Beaujolais. Quite light on the palate (12% alcohol), it's a tip-toe wine that's a graceful as Fred Astaire, yet seems to hold something in reserve, which is what the press suggests. In fact, I've read that this and other top '09 Beaujolais can age 10 years or more, though I'd have to taste it to believe it. Yet, the balance, depth, acidity and lingering if gentle tannins all suggest it does have aging potential. Net net, like the Monkees, I'm a believer, or perhaps on my way to becoming one. You could close your eyes and guess a light but well-made Volnay and I'm not sure you would be that far off.

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