Join us for our Best of Beaujolais wine tasting! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ll pull the corks on some Beaujolais Nouveaux along with other fabulous wines from the region.
To most people, Beaujolais means Beaujolais Nouveau, the often thin and fruity stuff in a brightly labelled bottle that is always around at Thanksgiving. Please, please, please stop thinking this! There is a whole other world of Beaujolais that exists, one where the wines are bolder, more expressive, and ultimately more fulfilling — join us this Thursday to experience that world firsthand. For the record, we love Beaujolais Nouveau and we’ll treat you to a couple of those. But we love the more “serious” stuff even more. Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines this Thursday!
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All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle on tasting day!
1. 2018 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc (Beaujolais, France) – Yes, you read that right. They do make white wine in Beaujolais, and in the hands of great producers like Dupeuble, it’s fabulous. Composed entirely of Chardonnay, this one is fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness and purity. In the glass, it displays bright and concentrated notes of white peach, golden apple, white flowers, and light spice.
2. 2019 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Primeur ‘Origine’ Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais, France) – Pierre Chermette treats his Nouveau with the same respect as his fabulous Cru Beaujolais’. He works with old vines, he doesn’t chapitalize (add sugar), he ferments longer, he doesn’t filter, and he even ages this wine in older oak casks for a month before release. This care and attention to detail shows in his finished wine year in and year out. This is a Beaujolais Nouveau that a “serious wine drinker” will appreciate.
3. 2019 Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Nouveau L’Ancien (Beaujolais, France) – Jean-Paul Brun is a master of the Gamay grape, and his Nouveau is always one of our favorites. Like Pierre Chermette, he also works with old vines, ferments with native yeasts, and refuses to chapitalize. And his Nouveau is all the better for it! Full of character and charm, yet elegant, fun, and fruity, this always sells out fast.
4. 2018 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Rouge (Beaujolais, France) – We move up a notch in the Beaujolais hierarchy with this lovely, concentrated, and joyful wine from the Dupeuble family. From 50-100 year old Gamay vines, this is fermented naturally and aged in cement and stainless steel for a year before release. Importer Kermit Lynch sums it up nicely: “The Dupeuble Beaujolais towers majestically over every other red on the market today yet retains the quaffable ‘légèreté’ we demand from this monumental appellation.”
5. Surprise Wine – We’ll end with one of the top Cru Beaujolais’ of the 2018 vintage. This is a wine that should help you understand how good Beaujolais and Gamay can be!