Cru Beaujolais

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Spicy and a bit earthy on the nose with aromas of black grapes and jammy strawberry fruit. Light fresh and a bit dilute in the mouth with some finely ripe tannins adding a bit of mouthgrab to the easygoing cherry/strawberry flavors that pick up some earthy and vaguely herbal nuance on the backend. and through the short, somewhat sharp finish. 83pts
Spicy and floral on the nose with plenty of herbal accents to the soft strawberry fruit. very broad and wide open in the mouth with raspberries and strawberries. Fruity and simple but fresh and with enough structure to remain firm in the mouth though this is a touch creamy at times. 85pts
Rather focused on the nose with a hint of pork fat picking up lavender and provencal spice notes layered over grapy fruit with a hint of thistle adding some astringency to the nose. Supple and fairly rich on entry, there’s hint of blue fruit here and the spice of the nose falls mostly to the rar of the mouth where a little dusty earthy tones helps cut the fruit. Pretty fresh with blue fruits on the moderately finish as well along with dusty little tannins and some fresh acidity that bode well for the future.  86pts
Bright thistle, rose petal and soil tones frame an attractive core of red fruit. Showing a little power and depth on the palate this has a fair amount of fruit tannin supporting bright and fresh red cherry and blue fruit flavors that are framed with hints of sweet herbs and a little mineral edge that drives the fairly long and focused finish. perhaps a little pasty in the mouth with extract, this is pretty easy to enjoy today yet it might improve in the cellar.  87pts
Intense and oper fumed with herb stem, thistle, beet root aromas layered over a base of roasted raspberry fruit. Bright, crisp and rather transparent in the mouth this shows off some almost black raspberry fruit framed with softly toasty notes and a gentle earthiness. lue fruit aromas emerge on the backend along with some beet root notes all leading to a fresh, clean and simple finish with lovely raspberry notes. Really lovely already. 87pts
Decidedly beefy on the nose with earthy and autumnal accents to the dark cherry berry fruit. Moderately rich on entry this shows off attractive structure supporting slightly chewy mineral flecked dark berry fruits. There’s a late arriving beefy note along with some dried strawberry and nuanced dried herb flavors on the backend that turn a bit floral and violetty on the moderately long and firm finish. This can certainly improve in the cellar. 88pts
Less beefy than the house bottling this none the less shows some bloody, meaty aromas paired with chamomile and dried herb aromas over a base of wild berry fruits. A bit blocky in the mouth, this has bright acidity adding a soft orange rind cast the the wild strawberry fruits on the palate and the tannins still show a bit of firmness warranting another year or two in the cellar. The finish is tight and a touch austere, very firm and ultimately rather long and frankly elegant even though there is a toughness to the tannins. For the future. 88pts
A bit beefy but also mushroomy and with some beetroot adding lovely complexity along with violets and wonderfully fresh red berry fruit. Rich and almost full bodied int he mouth this has fine acidity and some lovely ripe tannins but they are all enmeshed in this dense robe of wild blackberry and currant fruit. there’s not a lot of detail here, dominated as this is by fruit at the moment but the long finish reveals lovely spice notes along with a wonderfully dense bed of firm ripe tannins underpinning everything. A lusty glass of Beaujolais. 89pts
Rather floral on the nose with an edge of caramel/black licorice candy  framing the core of juniper tinged wild black and red fruits all laid over a bit or dark moist earth. legnat on entry, this has lovely ripe fruit, blackberry tinged aromatic in the mouth along with subtle african violet, licorice and earthy tones. Lively acidity brighten the palate and the tannins, slightly raw and stemmy add a zesty underlay to the fruit. Finishing very cleanly and fresh with real energy and emerging elegance this is drinking perfectly today. 90pts

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  • I agree with the assessments as to relative points given, but the tasting notes are a huge turn off. Were I to read these blind, I would not buy a single wine. Might as well read, " Essence of aglet, with hints of 1943 pennies, has the washed colour of week old mangosteen. " These kind of tasting notes reminds me of Durian fruit. Loved by all who love it, unappreciated by passengers.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

  • I would have to agree with passatoutgrains The thought of bloody meat sent me off!

    Nov 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Never thought of myself as a Durian lover (been to Thailand where all the hotels have signs saying you can't open Durian fruit in the hotel--smells horrid), but I guess I am. I find the notes useful--floral, licorice, mushrooms, beets, I don't like all of those but I know what they mean. Of course, sitting next to GdP and observing some of the same things on occasion (albeit a small fraction of them) predisposes me to understand what he's on about. That said, I'm not a huge Beaujolais fan--seems like this is Greg's choice of light fruity wine, while mine runs toward Grenache. But it's a crowd pleaser with turkey, to be sure.
    And it's not at all bad that Duboeuf is the vendor. That's what most people will have access to, and it's affordable. As "supermarket" wines go, they do a nice job. Asimov reviewed T-Day wines today and good luck getting half of them outside NYC or SF.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    Have heard great things about the '11 Lapierre Morgon, looking forward to trying one soon.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  • The french wine is a good way to learn french. Welcome to taste our wine and our language

    Nov 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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