It is always a pleasure to drink a first Growth. 2003 was an extremely hot vintage all across Europe. This vintage is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Great nose. A bit of funk, some cigar, plenty of cassis, and leather. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this seems about at peak maturity. Plenty of depth. Layers of cassis with some tobacco notes and earthiness. Long finish. Just a fantastic wine. This drinks great on its own and would work well with roasted meats or veggies. It w
2006 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine Vissoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Traditionnelle, France, Wine Review
Does Beaujolais age? This was opened at a recent tasting of Beaujolais to show that it really does. Not even a specific Cru, with the original $15 price sticker still on the bottle, this was fresh and drinking well. Is it an amazing wine? No, but it is solid and enjoyable. Ruby in color with some darker swirls. The nose has fresh cherry fruit and slight candy. Medium bodied. No tannins. On the palate, cherries with some depth. Good acidity. Nice finish. This drinks nicely on its own and would work great with a mushroom pizza.
A new winery for me. This is very nice. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, slight candied cherries and slighter citrus. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this has tart acidity. Cherries with slight citrus. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with food. A nice wine with Mushroom Quiche. Drink over the next five to eight years. A great value!
In a recent tasting of Cru Beaujolais, this was my top rated wine. It is a big wine, but has the structure to hang the fruit on and everything is in proportion. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. Great nose. Some oak showing but not overbearing. Cherries, black cherries, dark chocolate, slight spice and even a floral tone. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Black cherries, cherries, a bit of anise and dark chocolate. Long finish. This drinks great on its own, but will work well with most foods. It would be a nice choice with a C
Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries. Light to medium bodied. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, nice cherry fruit. Nice on its own, this will work well with food. A nice choice with pizza. While there are better values in Beaujolais, the wine is a middle of the road in style, easy drinking wine.
2017 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès Château des Jacques, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review
This is a very nice wine, but for me (your mileage may vary), this is not what I am looking for in Beaujolais. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, baking spices, slight coffee notes and a bit of citrus. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, bold cherry fruit with spice and slight dark chocolate. Long finish. This drinks well on its own, but would be better served with a steak. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
Another in the old school style of Cru Beaujolais. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, some black cherries and what a friend noted as "Autumn spices" i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Medium bodied. Light tannins. Good balance. On the palate, black cherry fruit with a touch of anise. An almost menthol note on the finish. This drinks well on its own but even better with food. Poached salmon would work well. Drink over the next ten years or so.
This wine is named for the three vineyards that the fruit comes from: Rochegrès, Roche Noire and La Rochelle. The winery is also known as Domaine Vissoux. Ruby in color with slight purple hues. The nose is lighter but nice with cherries, and a slight celery seed note. Interesting. Medium bodied. On the palate, nice cherry fruit with the celery seed coming thru. Good acidity. Long finish. In an era when many Cru Beaujolais are getting riper, this is more classic in style. The acidity really kicks off the finish. This will drink better with food. It would be a great match with a
2020 Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Côte de Brouilly, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review
Great showing for this wine (also see the note on their sparkling Gamay wine found at https://www.intowine.com/reviews/nv-domaine-de-la-voute-des-crozes-effer... Garnet in color with purple swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose is deep with black cherries, cherries, and nutmeg. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Lovely texture. On the palate, there is plenty of black cherry fruit and some cherries with a touch of minerality. Good bala
Another Beaujolais from a top Burgundy negociant. Garnet in color with a purple core, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, cherry blossoms, strawberries and slight anise. Lovely texture. Light tannins. Lower acidity. Cherries with some anise especially on the finish. Drinking well now on its own and should work well with food. Mushroom pasta in a cream sauce would work well. Drink over the next seven to ten years.