Pretty, bright red raspberries and wild cherries laced with red and pink roses, pink peppercorns and coriander. Ample, friendly, bright berry and dark citrus flavors, dances on the tongue, fine tannins along the gums. Overall this is super-friendly Beaujolais with character and good guts. For around $20, this is just about perfect for what it is. Chenas: one of the Beaujolais Crus but not often seen in the U.S. Durdilly farms a small plot of 60 year old Gamay vines in granite, schist and clay. Tank and neutral huge barrel aged.
Deep ruby, brilliant color prepares you for the rich, juicy and (relatively) powerful wine that is to come. Smell and taste ripe, dark red cherries and blueberries, violets, white pepper and black tea. A whisper of rocky-earth gives notice on the 20 second finish, along with more fruit. Medium acidity and tannins. Structured and, while so tasty now, is built to last. “Nice bigness” my notes say. This is an outstanding wine from a excellent vintage for Beaujolais. And a very fair price to boot! Domaine Les Gryphees own and farm hillside, 20-50 year old Gamay vines growing in granite, […]
An earth-driven, savory Cru Beaujolais. Not an unusual style in Beaujolais, but not what the casual wine drinker expects from here or from the Gamay grape in general. Think earthy Pinot Noir right off the bat and you’ll be ready for this delicious, intriguing wine. Smell and taste hard cherry candies, dry herbs, black tea, soil, red plums and figs. Medium body (full bodied for Gamay) and texture-ific. These “old vines” are in their 50s. Ferment and aging is cement tank and neutral oak.
Delicious Gamay from the very talented and thoughtful Byron Kusuge. From a tiny block of Gamay within the vineyard he sources for his excellent “The Shop” Pinot Noir. The Gamay is medium/light (I’d say hearty for Gamay) with dark red plum, pomegranate, dried violet and pink peppercorn flavors. It reminds me of quality Beaujolais from a warm vintage.