The Domaine de Colette Beaujolais Villages is my pick for the best value Gamay in the marketplace. It is bursting with joyous red fruits, bright acidity, and granitic minerality, and I love it served with a slight chill.
Please note, this is not Beaujolais Nouveau! Far from it, this is made with grapes from 45 to 80 year old vineyards and its much more flavorful and substantial than the harvest (aka Nouveau) wines are.
2019 Domaine de Colette Beaujolais Villages ‘Coteaux de Colette’
“Rich with red fruits and floral nuances. Full-bodied but fine-grained. Brilliant stuff!” – Josh Spurling – 92 points
To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.Domaine de Colette is a prime example of why the wines of Beaujolais are better and more popular than ever. Located in the village of Regnie, less than a mile from the border of Morgon, this estate was founded in 1953. Today, husband and wife Jacky and Evelyne Gauthier run the estate and farm their old vines without any chemical sprays or fertilizers. Their vines are old, their yields are low, and they ferment and age in cement only (no oak). The result is a delicious mouthful of ripe, sappy and fresh Gamay, whose granite soils provide minerality and whose excellent exposure allows the burst of the Beaujolais fruit we know and love.
And for those who suffer from headaches and sneezing/sniffling when you drink red wines, Gamay is the answer. Many of my customers have determined that “large and in charge,” heavily oaked reds don’t leave them feeling so great. While wines of that sort can taste wonderful, they also tend to run high in grape and oak tannin and they possess higher alcohol levels. It’s this combination that causes headaches, sneezing, sniffling, and suffering. Trust me, IT’S NOT THE SULFITES — click here for more on that. Long story short, Gamay tends to run low on the spectrum of tannin and/or new oak, and it’s the wine I always recommend to folks who complain about “wine headaches.”
For those who like more light to medium bodied, fresh and invigorating reds, you’ve got to try this one. It’s a bit like Pinot Noir, with its rich and ripe aromas and flavors of cherries, strawberries, and rose petal, but it’s a bit fuller-bodied. Still, the tannin here is fully ripe and rounded, and it is acidity that gives this wine its structure. One of the all time great reds to enjoy with a big charcuterie spread, it’s also fantastic with lighter fare like poultry and salmon.
Like I said earlier, this one loves a light chill (20 minutes in the fridge), and like many of the wines we offer, not much is made. Just 84 bottles up for grabs on this one and that’s it for the vintage. Act fast or forever hold your peace. Cheers to happy drinking and eating in Asheville!
To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.
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