November 29, 2018
Merieau Gamay Bois Jacou

Merieau Gamay “Le Bois Jacou” 2016

I really like this wine for its combination of Gamay-bright berry fruit, rustic character, light body, intensity of flavor and great price. Gamay, while not associated with Touraine (mid-Loire Valley, France) is definitely a “player” in the area, and rightly so. The cool climate, chalk/limestone soils and rich wine history make it a natural. Jean-Francois Merieau makes an honest, delicious, nervy style. Get raspberries, dried red cherries, tarragon, black tea and cola. A natural food wine. That said, I shared a bottle with my wife watching a film, sans food, and we were very happy. Opens up quickly. Jean-Francois Merieau […]
April 23, 2018
Eugene Carrel Rose

EUGÈNE CARREL Rosé 2017

Made from 80% Gamay and 20% Mondeuse from Carrel’s Estate vineyards in the Savoie, base of the French Alps. Refreshing acidity, crisp red fruits, citrus zest, suggestions of fine herbs and peppery spice define this light, intense, very food-friendly Rosé.  The texture is spot-on…the short time resting on its lees before bottling gives the wine needed mouth feel. This is very dry without being tart. Great with food – I think a cold salmon mousse would be just about the perfect match! More Information The Carrel is picked for Rosé: pressed off, fermented in tank, arrested ML fermentation, briefly aged […]
April 22, 2018
Guillaume Durdilly Chenas 16

Guillaume Durdilly Chenas Grands Rouvres 16

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.
April 22, 2018
Calot Beaujolais Rose

Domaine CALOT Beaujolais Rose 2017

Sourced from Calot’s mature Morgon vineyards. All saignée, fermented and aged in tank for a New York minute. Fruit-forward (red plums, wild cherries) with a faint soil, green tea and dried flower flavor on the just before and during the 10 second finish. Real pretty and happy with an element of serious, of-the-earth character to keep you respectful. I’m very happy buying this wine for low to mid $20s.
March 28, 2018
Gryphees Moulin a Vent

GRYPHEES Moulin A Vent 2016

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, […]
March 14, 2018
Jacky Blot Rose Triple Zero

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel Rosé “Triple Zero”

An ever-so-subtle smell of flavor of red currant and sun-dried cherry clings to grapefruit, lime and crushed rock in this perky, super-refreshing “Pet-Nat” (single fermentation wine that finishes in bottle). A delicious, very dry sparkler that balances, just so, its fruit, high acidity and lees-aged character. A delicious, unique wine that is a steal for under $30! All Gamay. called Triple Zero because it is Zero Chaptalization, Zero Liqueur at bottling, Zero dosage. Ferment and aged 2 years on its lees in neutral barrel before bottling to finish fermentation. Taille Aux Loups is the property of Mountlouis producer Jacky Blot […]
March 3, 2018
Lassagne Julienas

LASSAGNE Julienas 2014

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.