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The Nestor Belicard 2018 Morgon "Les Balmes" shows a brighrt red/black color and intense aromas of ripe black cherry, very floral and pretty with a bit of oak. There is lush black cherry/black raspberry fruit on the palate with good freshness and firm acidity. Sappy cherry fruit, violet and spice linger on the finish. This is a lovely Morgon to drink over the next five years - it's a sensational value!
(Arrives Tuesday 2/22) The Chateau Cambon Bouilly and Beaujolais began as a project of three friends: the late Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet and Joseph Chamonard, now in the hands of Jean-Claude Chanudet and his wife Geneviève (the daughter of Joseph Chamonard) . From vines planted on 2 hectares of granitic and clay soils (Briante & Bel Air), the grapes are hand-harvested and rigorously sorted in the vineyard. Our friend Josh Raynolds is a big fan of the 2019 Brouilly: "Bright violet. A complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented red berries and cherry liqueur, along with suggestions of pungent flowers and baking spices. Silky and animated in the mouth, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and rose pastille flavors braced by a core of smoky minerality. Supple tannins sneak up slowly on the impressively persistent finish, which shows fine clarity and lingering red fruit and spice notes." Yum, serve cool, over the next 5 years.
(Arrives Tuesday 2/22) This is a lovely Beaujolais from the Chignard family, better known for their Fleurie "Les Moriers." Possessing the ripe fruit, depth and surprising balance of the 2019 vintage in Beaujolais, the Julienas "Beauvernay" shows a pretty red/black color, with elegant aromas of red currant and tart black cherry with violet, blood orange, earth and stone. It's ripe and sapid but with lively acidity and perfectly proportioned. Tart cherry, plum and red currant fruit with saline minerals, earth and spice coat the palate and continue in the earthy finish. Quite lovely now, this should soften and gain complexity with three to five years of aging, serve cool. DL
The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien has worked alongside him since early childhood. L earning everything from Descombes in the vines and shared cellar has instilled the same values in Damien's work ethic: organic viticulture, hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero intervention in the cellar and little if any sulfur at bottling.The 2019 Chiroubles is a particularly pretty, old fashioned Beaujolais, showing gorgeous aromas of raspberry and rose with spice and citrus notes. The palate shows sappy raspberry fruit, really lovely, ripe and persistent but light and balanced with refreshing acidity. There is nice length of earthy berry fruit in the long finish. Serve cool with chicken and white meats, and anything grilled... Lovely wine!
Damien Coquelet, working in the same stlye as his step-father Georges Descombes, has once again created some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais in 2019. The Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and bright. The palate shows a bit more stucture and darker fruit than the Damien's Chiroubles and is particularly sapid in the ripe 2019 vintage, with deep strawberry fruit, a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine.
A welcome discovery and great new addition to the shelves here at CSW, the Chasselay "Beaujolais Is Not Dead" is utterly classic and joyous Beaujolais villages. The Chasselay family has thirteen hectares spread across eight appellations and have been certified organic since 2006. BIND comes from a single parcel of forty-five year old vines planted in clay and limestone, fermented carbonically and aged entirely in concrete, with no sulfur added until bottling. It is full of lovely concentrated red fruit, strawberry and raspberry, with beautiful spice and floral notes and no shortage of freshness. On the Chasselay website, they describe the wine as digeste, which is a word I have always loved - it implies a lack of heaviness, that the wine will not take up space as one keeps drinking. So buy two of these (or three or four), as you definitely want another. Sam Ehrlich
We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Sandrine Henriot at Chambers Street. The vines for this cuvée are 60 years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of Saint-Joseph above Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The 2018 shows a bright, deep black/red color and a very perfumed nose of ripe strawberry and black raspberry fruit, quite floral and fresh. The palate is round and supple with a lovely melange of sappy black and red fruits with earth and spice. This needs to open a bit but is already a delicious Morgon that will accompany charcuterie and grilled foods this summer, peak drinking 2022 - 2026. David Lillie
Jean-Marc Burgaud's Beaujolais-Village red comes from the Chateau du Thulon vineyards in the village of Lantignie. In fact Jean-Marc's aunt was the famed Madame Jambon, so there's a family history here that allows Jean-Marc access to the cellars, which he uses for fermentation and aging. Soils around Chateau Thulon are mostly granitic, not always a guarantee with village level Beaujolais, and the soil does seem to influence the mineral backbone of the wine. Classy, light to medium bodied, and perfect for all lovers of good Gamay, especially at the price!
Michele Smith-Chapel & her husband David Chapel are former sommeliers and restaurant legends - she the former wine director of Brooklyn Fare and he the son of Alain Chapel, one of the titans of la nouvelle cuisine. Since 2016, they have been living the Beaujolais life, making wine first with the help of the Lapierre family and now on their own. They have firmly established themselves as first-rate vignerons and this 2020 Julienas is a prime example - full of red and blue fruit, sassafras and a cutting salty edge.
Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes from 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais and is raised in stainless steel (no oak). Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!
L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!