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. — 4 days ago
In order to be fair to this wine, I have to put aside predispositions about what Beaujolais SHOULD be like. Because this is a monster wine. Fully saturated color. Intense nose has dark crunchy dark cherry/berry fruit, intense cracked granite minerality. Massively concentrated flavors in the mouth. Tannic too. While finesse isn’t a word I’d use with this one, it avoids the blocky heaviness of a lot of 15s. Peppery heat peaks through in the finish. Pretty decent acidity. — 12 days ago
Haven’t had much (any?) Saint Amour before so not sure how it typically compares to other Cru Beaujolais. But this one at least is redolent with violets, tangy raspberry, cherries, blackberries, dried herbs and earth, with maybe a slight charred quality on the finish although that may just be the power of suggestion from the name of the lieu dit. Satin smooth, Burgundian texture — 11 days ago
A beautiful deep red wine. It opens with notes of red fruit: strawberry, raspberry, cherry. The attack is supple and beautiful freshness, the fruit is ripe on a beautiful intensity. supple and peppery finish.A fruity, crunchy wine. somewhere between Loire and Beaujolais — 8 days ago