It’s tough to find a delicate red that is worth recommending for spring, the temptation is to hold on to those wines until summer arrives, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Beaujolais Village or Cru Beaujolais are both ideal candidates to pass the gossamer texture test. These wines embody all that can be great about Beaujolais: deep fruit, real complexity and bright yet firm textures without the weight and richness of most comparable wines.
Of course you don’t have to go to Beaujolais to find good Gamay, there are a few fine examples right here in the U.S., but they do tend to be a little harder to track down, even if they deliver that same gossamer experience we’re looking for.
Two to try:
Chateau des ours Brouilly – A very typical Beaujolais with fine berry fruit, accented with earth and spice notes in the plump style of Brouilly.
Edmunds St. John Bone Jolly – Joy in a bottle with a silky texture and real purity to the plum, red berry fruit.
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