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Thursday is 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau day – here are 142 wines blind tasted for you…

Thursday is 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau day – here are 142 wines blind tasted for you…

Tasted courtesy of Interbeaujolais in Villefranche, 02 November 2017 This Thursday, the 16th of November, is Beaujolais Nouveau day. For almost as long as I can remember, I always find myself a glass to drink on that day – but one is typically enough! Whatever you might think about the waning importance of Beaujolais Nouveau, […]

the beaujolais express…

the beaujolais express…

New! London to Lyon – by Eurostar train – no sweat! Less than 5 hours – you can wait longer than that in the airport! There’s no excuse now for the London wine-trade 😉

über-niche beaujolais – jules desjourneys

über-niche beaujolais – jules desjourneys

A nice way to ‘recover’ after a week without tasting, due to a head-cold: While the vast majority of Beaujolais struggles to get €10 a bottle for their produce, I have in my hands two bottles that have been sent to me from a producer that is really pushing the pricing envelope. A Fleurie and […]

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 château des jacques oak-a-go-go

2009 Château des Jacques, Moulin à Vent Champ de Cour Still quite a deep colour, not too much maturity. The nose is large, forward, sweet and cushioned – but this potentially delicious red fruit is still completely wrapped in vanilla oak – how did that happen?! This is supple and round with juicy, sweet fruit […]

beaujolais 2015 & the current market for bj…

My February 2017 report is now online, and it’s a 2015 Beaujolais-fest. 51 domaines and 355 wines – it’s also a great vintage! In 2016, only 3 French regions experienced an increase in both their wine sales volumes and values; Beaujolais, Burgundy and Corsica. The crus of Beaujolais had 42% of their region’s sales volume […]

enforcing the status quo?

Interesting. I would say that here it is the ‘revitalising the region‘ comment that is up for interpretation – at least if we look at at past actions. Louis Latour, and I have to say Drouhin too, seem to approach the Beaujolais region purely as a source of ‘entry level wines.‘ Which (perhaps simplistically) could […]

week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

week 3 of bo-jo-lays 2015 visits…

The last, lucky, producers who were unfortunate enough to host me to taste their 2015s! There will be more visits/tastings to look at specific crus, but that’s enough for February’s report – now to finish January’s report – and that will be at least 5 days more work!

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

week 2 of bo-jo-lays visits…

The poor, unlucky group of producers that had to put up with me this week 🙂

well that was a quick change!

well that was a quick change!

Last month in Chablis, my visits were largely in a window of -3°C to -12°C. This week in Beaujolais, Monday/Tuesday p.m. temperatures were about 12°C, and I’ll admit to having used the aircon in the car at one, seemingly, stressful point as I struggled to find a domaine – often an address in no more […]

The long slow death of (Saint) Amour(?)

The long slow death of (Saint) Amour(?)

Saint Amour, today… Here. Will it really require the return of a few Mercedes 4×4 to resurrect one of the greatest wines of Beaujolais? Fine writing from Aaron Ayscough…

want to know more about beaujolais nouveau? of-course you do :)

want to know more about beaujolais nouveau? of-course you do :)

Even if only from a voyeuristic perspective! Although most of us might have little more than an afterthought about this wine, it’s still a massive volume that is produced. In 2015, for example, the Beaujolais region sold 193,000 hectoliters of Beaujolais Nouveau, or more easily understood as about 25.7 million bottles in France and abroad. […]

ladies of beaujolais…

ladies of beaujolais…

Honestly, I dislike positive/negative profiling, so ‘women wine-makers‘ at least as a concept, grouping or genre has always seemed odd to me, because the job-title wine-maker is in itself sexless. I’ll give you that from a historical perspective, women winemakers are clearly in the minority – yet that is also ‘so last century…‘ That said, […]