I have always enjoyed Beaujolais, but it has been in the last few years that it really started to take a bigger hold on the market. With the combination of weather problems and other markets scooping up Burgundy allocation we have had to look to other regions for our fix. We have always had the same philosophy when it comes to any region; the wine must taste like where it comes from. That may seem like a simple thought, but it is something that we really look at when buying all the wines for the store, and Beaujolais is no exception.
Technically this region is in Burgundy, however it lies closer to the Rhône region then Burgundy. Primarily a red wine growing region with Gamay being the focus, but you can find a bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here as well. You really have two different styles of Beaujolais that is made; the southern sector which is flatter and has clay based soils, and the northern which is the granite hillsides, which is where the 10 crus sit. This is truly where the Gamay grape flourishes. The wines on granite soils are more structured, ageworthy, but are still a great value.
These wines make the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving!
Morgon Daniel Bouland “Delys” (Beaujolais) ’13
Daniel Bouland makes some of the best old school wines coming from the Gamay grape in Beaujolais. This wine is deep and muscular, with loads of intensity. This wine comes from 85 year old vines, and is very ageworthy. Lots of dark berry fruit, floral, and spice.
Cuvée Traditionnelle Pierre-Marie Chermette “D. Vissoux” (Beaujolais) ’14
Le Vissoux is a single vineyard site that stretches southwest, and contrary to most of southern Beaujolais soil which is limestone-clay, the soil of this single vineyard is the superior granite. This is what gives the wine more structure. This wine has loads of power and elegance. It is dark red fruits, with soft textures. This is one of my go to wines especially for the price.
We will be CLOSED Thanksgiving day, but will re-open for regular business hours on Friday. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!