Tasted in Beaujeu with Philippe Deschamps, 17 February 2020.
Domaine Philippe Deschamps
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Philippe on 2019:
In 19 I did quite well; we were not so hindered by frost but there was dryness in the summer, but the yields were not bad, so I’m happy as the quality is very good – that’s two vintages in a row that we’re very happy with!
Philippe, last year, on 2018:
For me, I think it’s my best vintage; no frost, no hail, and I needed to do very few treatments in the year – I’ve vines that have plenty of ‘herb’ growth between the rows and I only needed about 4 treatments in the whole year – I work ‘raisonée’ but for me, that means the minimum of treatments. In the end, there were lots of grapes – and grapes with great quality too – my father has also never seen such a combination.
Easy wines, then a great one – the same as last year – very consistent!
All bar one old-vines cuvée from 2018 have been bottled:
2018 Beaujolais Villages Blanc
A nice freshness – faintly saline and citrus together. Nice drive and energy, certainly freshness too – a certain mineral rigour but the finish is not too hard. Quite okay with a decent finish…
2018 Beaujolais Rosé – Perle de Rose
A single parcel normally. Grapes stay in the press for about 6 hours to take on the colour – like to do a delicate press.
Hmm – a nice weight and shape to this nose. Round, a little richness to the texture but the melting flavour is delicious and slightly saline-edged. That’s a lovely wine – excellent!
2018 Beaujolais Village
This is the classic cuvée. No added yeast.
Not full colour. The nose is open, easy-fruited – attractive in a simpler style. In the mouth, there’s plenty of volume to fill the space – round but fresh – not super concentrated but a finish that will repay 12 months of finish – there’s a little concentration here. That’s an easy but very tasty wine for €7-8
14 days of maceration with a pigeage. In bottle about 3 weeks.
Modest colour again. A little more depth of fruit aroma – almost a plum-style. More energy, more depth of flavour – great clarity and a finish of extra concentration again. That’s a lovely finish but one that will repay a little patience – the finish is long. Easy style to start, more concerted in the finish.
Buy the grapes from Grand Cras here, but all the fermentation and elevage is done here – this is the second vintage.
Just a little more colour – only €8 on the price-list. More depth of aroma – dark cherry and a little graphite minerality – that’s lovely. Mouth-filling – a wine that’s concentrated from start to finish. Framed by a little tannin but without grain. Some finishing bitters in quite a big finish. Wait 12 months, or more, but this is simply a steal at the price! Bravo!