The Beaujolais area, part of the greater Burgundy region, has always produced
young wines – largely intended to be consumed as a celebration of the current
year’s harvest and as a reward for the vintner’s employees; however, shipping it
abroad as an export is a relatively contemporary concept, having only become
popularized around the middle of the 1950’s and hitting a peak around 1980.
In general, over-production by bulk-wine producers have given this varietal wine a
mixed reputation, confusing ever-more sophisticated drinkers with questionable
and off-putting flavor characteristics and descriptors such as “bubblegum”? A
few select producers though, have continued to consistently deliver high quality,
easy-drinking, light-bodied and charming wines that are possible with the Gamay
grape variety. Among these is Joseph Drouhin, hailing originally from another
noteworthy wine region: Chablis. In 1880 he founded the Maison bearing his
name in the city of Beaune, with subsequent family generations continuing the
refinement; becoming pioneers in mastering the “Nouveau” winemaking style.
Note that the “Villages” designation represents a significantly better grade of
sourced grapes, resulting in higher bottle pricing than standard Beaujolais. Dare
to pay a bit more for this offering – buy several and drink over the next 3 months.
Made in: Beaujolais, France
By: Joseph Drouhin S.A.
Release Date: November 20, 2014
Garnet coloured with a distinct bouquet of ripe black cherries. Aged for several
months in stainless steel vats only, so may be suitable for drinkers that might
otherwise be adverse to the elevated Histamine levels that might result from
red wines being aged in Oak Barrels. Try serving very lightly chilled as aperitif
or with seasonal poultry and game dishes.