The $2500 Wine Cellar

Part 1: Getting started with Rioja and Beaujolais


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Like Rioja, Beaujolais may be off many people’s radar, but the truth is that the top of the line Cru Beaujolais are getting more attention than ever, and for good reason. Not only are these wines improving, showing lovely nuance, structure and an increasing effort on the part of winemakers to highlight the grapes’ and terroirs’ unique expression, but they are also proving to be one of the great values in the world of wine, for a little while longer at least.

While we think of Beaujolais as an early drinking wine, and most are, the best are considered on par with some minor Burgundy appellations as to their ability to improve with age, becoming complex, layered and wonderfully expressive. Ideal food wines and ones with which to impress your wine geek friends!

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  • Snooth User: SPLOG2
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    Penfolds Bin389

    Jan 05, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Love it!
    Great call.

    Jan 05, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  • Quinta do vale meao meandro 2008 $22-25

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    I like almost all penfolds. I have 01's to 06's of various bin 28, bin 389, bin 2, bin 128, and 05 st Henri

    Jan 06, 2012 at 1:38 AM

  • Should I serve this wine or keep it ?
    Sinatra Merlot 2001?

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    that's a wine that would be best consumed sooner rather than later. It's from a good vintage but was meant to be approachable on release.

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  • Have only found this first part...where can i find the rest, as i am quite interested in the complete article? Thks

    Jan 06, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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