Beaujolais, Burgundy

Joseph Drouhin

Beaujolais Nouveau Gamay 2019

Nose has cut cherry, crushed blackberry and (faint) banana.

Palate has black cherry, red currant, ripe blackberry and medium tannins.

This is certainly an oddity of the Nouveau style, some weight and complexity to the palate, considerable color extraction shows a very dark ruby color in the glass. Blindly tasting, I might not guess it is what it is... 2019 looks to be a decent vintage for Drouhin.

This may be the best Nouveau I can recall in many years of tasting, wow!
— 3 days ago

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Yvon Métras

Fleurie Gamay 2018

Gosh, this was good. So open at the moment that I think I enjoyed this even more so than the 17' (which I absolutely adore), although they're quite different animals. V18 has certainly brought about more ripeness but with heaps of elegance (unlike V15 imo).

As usual, Metras' trademark purity and textural allure just pulls me in. On the nose, blackberries and raspberries layered by distinct floral and spice notes. The palate is powerful, but with real focus and a mineral drive (almost like a concentrate, yet light). Crystal clear notes of dark fruits, spice, and earth, with a subtle touch of animale. Intense, but so fine. Love it!

NB: Unbeatable pairing with KFC 🤯 I also happen to notice how similar my tasting notes are for Beaujolais' I like, which perhaps doesn't capture why I think Metras is quite special. The texture Metras often brings is hard to describe - kinda like having bird's nest soup, but less gelatinous, if anyone can relate. Anyway, idiosyncratic is the word to use here. Love the Metras wines and more so, if not for their inconsistent nature.
— 24 days ago

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David Shaw

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Nice mouthfeel discussion

K. Descombes

Cuvée Kéké Beaujolais Gamay

$24 bottle from Miracle Plum. Smells like grape jolly rancher and pepper. Doja cat juicy. Darker/more complex than other gamay I’ve had before - could be since I’ve only had nouveau before (less “zippy”) — 20 hours ago

Domaine Lafarge Vial

Clos Vernay Fleurie Gamay 2015

Lyle Fass

Needed 2 hours. Minimum. Nose is super mineral. Some cherry. Still almost mute at 2 hours. Palate is round and squishy with good freshness. Not the purest wine. A bit lacking in fruit sweetness. But well made. But also lacking in inspiration.

Overnight this improved and gained depth, fruit and character. 8.8 to 9.0.
— 4 days ago

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Jean Foillard

Fleurie Gamay 2015

Lots of barnyard on the nose but red fruit on the palette. Overall, soft and smooth and pretty. Drinking properly in this vintage. For me. — 8 days ago

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Château Thivin

Cuvée La Chapelle Côte de Brouilly Gamay 2018

Lyle Fass

A great La Chapelle. Blueberry, smoke, spice, dark cherries, loads of earth and mineral. Spicey granite. Lovely floral top note as well. Palate is ripe and so so juicy, incredible freshness and purity and shockingly mineral. The fruit is in background. Has a red Riesling quality to it this year. Fruit is more fruit skin than flesh. Cherry, blueberry, cassis and super concentrated but so nimble. Absolutely delicious. Long mineral finish with floral and fruit sneaking in as it airs. Great stuff. — 21 hours ago

Severn, Josh and 9 others liked this

Marcel Lapierre

Morgon Gamay 2018

Really nice, likely better with some age but even now quite delicious. First bottle was corked but this one had beautiful light red and flowers leaping from the glass. Delicious mouthfeel with a nice long finish. Very nice. — 8 days ago

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Jean Foillard

Côte du Py Morgon Gamay 2015

Continuing my Gamay journey. This is more complex and rich and structured than some others from the region. Very nice indeed. — 7 days ago

Kimberly, Ron and 16 others liked this
Tom Casagrande

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One of my favorite journeys!

Yvon Métras

Madame Germaine Beaujolais Gamay 2016

This had lots of red cherry, strawberry with fresh cut flowers & crushed. rock. — 13 days ago

Josh, Tom and 14 others liked this

Château Thivin

Cuvée Zaccharie Côte de Brouilly Gamay 2015

Really good for a ’15 Bojo. Massively extracted, but tannins completely under control. Nose has smoky crushed granite and dark, oozy, tangy berries. The barest hint of Brett adds complexity. Tangy, athletic, and mouthfilling. Can’t help but smack your lips. Great concentration. So unique. Still youthful. Years to go. — 7 days ago

Sharon, Mike and 19 others liked this