2009 Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

One of the interesting things about tasting wine is that everyone is sensitive to different things (especially faults) in wines.  Personally, I am not very sensitive to a bit of oxidation and I really enjoy many wines made in an oxidative style such as Sherry, wines from the Jura, or some Champagnes.  Which brings me to this wine.  This was bought on release and well stored, but at a recent tasting, some found it too oxidized and not enjoyable.  For me, I had no issues with it and found it quite enjoyable.  Your mileage may vary.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is tight at first but with som

2017 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This wine is outstanding.  The kinds of wine that makes people realize just how good wines from Beaujolais can be.  Ruby in color, slightly dark, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, spice, slight soy sauce and some anise.  On the palate, this has firm tannins.  Black cherries, slightly candied with an underlying spice/minerality.  Well balance.  This needs about three to five more years until peak and then should be good for another five to ten after that.  It will work well with fowl or heavier see food dishes.  

2018 Famille Chasselay Beaujolais Quatre Saisons, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has candied cherries and a bit of earthiness.  It is slightly sweaty.  On the palate, this drinks quite easily.  Cherry lozenges with slight anise.  Good acidity.  This begs for food though works fine on its own.  It should probably be consumed in the next year or so although it might make older bones.  

2017 Marcel Lapierre Morgon, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

I love Beaujolais.  At least the Cru wines.  They are versatile, friendly and although not everyone agrees, the best ones age wonderfully. So, when at a friends house for dinner recently and he had prepared a Cauliflower dish with pesto that seemed a difficult food match, I suggested he open this.  A good choice.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, plums, spice and some barnyard.  On the palate, there are cherries with slight almonds and slightly dry tannins which all worked together in a good way.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.

2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre MMXV, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is the top cuvee from one of the top producers in Beaujolais.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has a significant amount of barnyard on it.  While I enjoyed it, this may be off putting to some.  Also, plenty of cherries, black cherries, and charred wood.  On the palate, the cherries come thru along with some sour cherries, and a bit of earthiness.  Plenty of depth.  Great acidity.  Still showing very young with light tannins.  Nice finish.  This probably needs another three to five years if well stored.  It will work well with casseroles and stews as well as roas

2016 Julien Sunier Morgon, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is an outstanding wine.  If you are not looking at Cru Beaujolais wines then you are missing out on one of the real value regions for red wines anywhere.  This one retails for $30 but if you're lucky, you can find it for less.  The bottle I tried was $20.  Ruby in color, a bit muddled.  The nose is great.  Dusty with some decayed meat (in a good way), earth and plums.  A slight asparagus note.  On the palate, this has a lovely texture.  Plush with few seams.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  Plums and cherry fruit.  Some depth.  Good finish.  This may still get a bit better as it matur

2015 Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Wow.  This is impressive.  For the Beaujolais purist this might be too much but for the rest of us, this is delicious and a great wine.  A prior review can be found on this site from a couple of years ago, but it has improved since then.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, figs, slight black raspberries and a bit of spice.  On the palate, this has medium tannins.  Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries and slight fig.  A bit of black olives too.  Deep and complex, this is delicious and interesting.  Still young, it has at least a decade and probably two left whic

2016 Laurent Martray Brouilly "Combiaty" Vieilles Vignes. France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

A really lovely wine for $20.  This is a Cru Beaujolais that is drinking great now and should be good for another 7 to 10 years!  Deep garnet in color.  Clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and slight cherry powdered drink mix.  On the palate, tart bing cherries with slight tannins.  Slightly sour (in a good way) on the finish.  In ten years, this should drink like a Pinot of comparable age.  It is very food friendly with good acidity.  Think anything from Salmon to mushroom dishes to poultry.

2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès Château des Jacques, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Stunning wine on its own, but then thinking this was a ten year old Beaujolais that cost $30 on release.  Wow.  Deep, deep garnet in color.  The nose is tight at first as this wine is still young.  As it opens, beautiful black cherries, slight sandalwood and just a hint of dry forest floor.  On the palate, a gorgeous silky yet voluptuous texture.  Black cherry fruit with great balance.  Layers of fruit, and dry earth.  An insanely long finish.  There are even slight tannins still showing.  This may yet improve a bit but it is fantastic now.  It easily has another decade left in it.  Delicio

2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin Château des Jacques, France, Beaujolais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

What a gorgeous wine.  Blind, I would probably guess a very good Burgundy at about 10 years old.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is very nice with some funk on it.  Loads of cherries with some darkness to them.  Spice.  On the palate, the texture is really a highlight.  Silky yet burly.  Loads of black cherries on the palate.  It unwinds in the glass to show layers of damp earth with fruit.  Long finish.  This will easily do another decade and probably more but I am not sure if gets better.  And it is so good right now.  It will go with any food Pinot Noir works with.  

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