Albert Bichot Moulin a Vent 2016 FranceAlbert Bichot Moulin a Vent 2016 France
The nose is highly aromatic and evocative of ripe red fruit (cherry), which evolve towards fine, floral then spicy notes, finishing on a touch of oak. The first palate is dominated by the roundness and fullness along with elegant tannins. The finish is well balanced, fleshy, delicate and pure, which is due to this particular terroir. Pairing: Our Rochegrès Moulin-à-Vent is a fine accompaniment to red meats, as well as poultry and mild cheeses.
Score: 92, March 1, 2018
Domaine Lathuliere Gravillon Fleurie 2017 FranceDomaine Lathuliere Gravillon Fleurie 2017 France
Made from Gamay vines that are now 50 years old and following lutte raisonnée principles, the Domaine Lathuilière Gravallon Fleurie Grand Pre displays sweet red Gamay fruit, but also an impressive finesse and body drawn from its pink granite soils. Pure and fresh, this Fleurie shows juicy cherry fruit combined with delicate but impressive structure.
Domaine Rottiers Moulin a Vent 2015 FranceDomaine Rottiers Moulin a Vent 2015 France
Produced from vines that are up to 80-years-old and now organic, this concentrated wood-aged wine is perfumed, rich and firmly structured. Dark tannins line the wine supporting the black plum and cherry fruits and acidity. Richard Rottiers, new on the scene in 2007, created a cru that is going to be a very fine wine. Drink from 2018. ROGER VOSS
Dubost Beaujolais Villages 2018 FranceDubost Beaujolais Villages 2018 France
Dubost Beaujolais Villages 2018 -The producer Jean Paul Dubost is a leader in the region and practices biodynamic viticulture as well as minimal intervention winemaking with only a little sulphur added at bottling for stability. This is ‘authentic’ Beaujolais, not ‘lolly water’, as often seen in more mass produced ‘supermarket’ examples of the style. You can taste the quality of the mid weight cherry/raspberry fruit, infused with a pleasing savouriness that gives it a real sense of seriousness. The tannins too are silky and fine but they gently grip adding shape and direction to the delicious primary fruit. This is real Beaujolais and excellent value! Good stuff!
Jacky Piret Clos Jasseron Beaujolais 2017Jacky Piret Clos Jasseron Beaujolais 2017
Jacky Piret Clos Jasseron Beaujolais 2017. A juicy, ripe and chewy , with cherry notes and a powdery, “pulpy” texture. Really attractive, without losing it’s unique terroir expression and old vines length.
Jean Paul Brun L’Ancien Beaujolais 2017 FranceJean Paul Brun L’Ancien Beaujolais 2017 France
017 JEAN PAUL BRUN TERRES DOREES “L’ANCIEN” VIELLES VIGNES BEAUJOLAIS, FRANCE.100% Gamay.
Pure, delicious unadulterated Beaujolais, made wine indigenous yeast and minimal sulfur. This is Gamay as it is meant to be. Jean Paul Brun is a leader in the movement towards minimal intervention winemaking in Beaujolais. “L’Ancienne” is so-named because it comes from 80 year-old vines, planted to clay and limestone soils. All the fruit is hand-harvested, de-stemmed, then fermented and aged in concrete vats. The result is a bright-fruited and fresh Gamay with crunchy red fruits and mineral underpinnings. In short, a joy to drink. About: Jean Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the “Region of Golden Stones”. Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 40-acre family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces.
Joubert Beaujolais Villages 2017 FranceJoubert Beaujolais Villages 2017 France
Joubert Beaujolais Villages 2017 is juicy and graced with bright fruit, this Gamay exudes strawberry, raspberry and peony. Thirst-quenching like none, it is produced using indigenous yeasts, with no additions or technology; an old-fashioned wine!
Marcel Joubert is a fourth-generation winemaker, currently the most senior natural winemaker in Brouilly. The 10-hectare vineyard spreads across AOC Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, Brouilly, Fleurie, Chiroubles & Morgon. His grandfather, Petrus, founded the appellation of Brouilly. Marcel Joubert took over with the mind for preservation in tending to older vines from 30 to 100 years old— and with the desire to farm in a way close to nature. He’s been producing natural wines in several appellations since meeting Marcel Lapierre at a motorcycle rally in the late 1980’s.
Thillardon Les Boccards Chenas 2010 FranceThillardon Les Boccards Chenas 2010 France
Paul-Henri Thillardon is, at a very young age, a masterful winemaker. It’s got to be a gift, he has perfect pitch and his wines sing.
Chenas is not far from Moulin-a-Vent, and for that reason the wines can show much of the same muscle. Paul-Henri brings you this concentration, but knows where the balance point is for elegance. We call it ‘grown-up wine.
In 2008, at the age of 22, he made the important decision to dedicate his work to the cru of Chenas, rather than in neighboring and better-known Moulin-a-Vent which usurps much of the notoriety of Chenas. Tilting at windmills, some say.
He began with 3 hectares (7.2 acres) of family vines in appellation Beaujolais, then the following year entered into a sharecrop deal for 2 hectares (4.8 acres) in Chenas near the Château Boccard on granite soil in the climat Deschamps, a vineyard that had been tended organically for 15 years prior. He was able to use the château’s winemaking facilities, and so, early on, had optimum working conditions.
Then in 2010, he planted an acre of vines on a beautiful south-east facing parcel in Chiroubles, and another parcel of Viognier grapes, a variety that is not authorized in the Beaujolais rules. By early 2011, the domain covered 5.7 hectares (13.7 acres) with his Chenas vines an average of 40 years old.