Beaujolais – the proper stuff…

Château de la Terrière Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes 2008 (£8.99 Majestic)
Light, simple aromas with a touch of bubblegum, OK raspberry flavour, but finishes rather thin & scrawny. C

Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages 2007 (£8.99 Majestic)
More depth of flavour, some plump plumminess but has lost the crunchy freshness of youth. C(+)

Chanson Père et Fils Fleurie 2007 (£9.99 Majestic)
Showing its maturity, with a cooked edge to the plummy red berry fruit, plus a touch of tomato, doesn’t have the structure for further ageing, but a decent drink now. B-

Villa Ponciago Fleurie La Réserve 2009 (£14-£15.99 Huntsworth Wine Company, Handford, Lewis & Cooper)
Lively sappy young wine, with crunchy, earthy cherry and raspberry flavours, exotic but lively and never overripe, and with a framework of tannin and acidity that will keep it in fine fettle for another couple of years at least. S

Villa Ponciago Fleurie Les Hauts du Py 2009 (£18-£19.99 Handford, Charles Steevenson)
Dumber but richer and more fragrant than the previous wine, opens up to show lush, juicy violet-scented raspberry and black cherry flesh, warm spice and hints of chocolate, earth and toasty oak, quite full-bodied, but with brain as well as brawn. S+

Château de Pizay Morgon 2009 (£8.99 Majestic)
Young, vibrant and boisterous, with crunchy dark berry and plum fruit, tangy acidity and chewy but ripe tannins, good and with it’s best still to come. S-

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2007 (£22.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, Cooden Cellars, Whole Foods Market)
Wild, feral wine, has some brett but it merely adds character to the flavours grilled meat, warm, slightly cooked strawberry/cherry fruit and touches of kirsch and damp petals. Drinking well now, but has the power and structure for another 3-4 years at least. S(+)

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