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Wine Tasting Video: Beaujolais Part 2 – five of the ten crus November 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

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Another video in advance of Beaujolais Nouveau Day this coming Thursday (the first one is here). But this is all about grown-up Beaujolais, with the wines coming from five of the ten cru villages.

Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2010 (£16.99 Caves de Pyrene)
Honest, tasty red, with classic crunchy raspberry character, tart apple pie acidity and an earthy violet not – refreshing, juicy, chillable red, maybe a touch on the light side. B+

Georges Descombes Régnié 2009 (£15.50 Indigo Wines)
Warm mellow style, with quite fleshy, rounded cherry and red berry flavours, the leafy/earthy character and – thanks to oak aging – a toasty warmth on finish. But still keeps its freshness and poise, very tasty. S

Yvon Métras Fleurie ‘Le Printemps’ 2010 (£19.50 Caves de Pyrene)
The palest in this line-up, but this is a lively intriguing wine with tangy freshness and classic summer pudding flavours – raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants – alongside a warmer, plummier, almost Grenache-like heartiness. Yum… S(+)

Julien Sunier Fleurie 2009 (£19.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Another deep, earthy plummy style, this one maybe more Burgundian than Rhone-like in character, with a feral undergrowth character alongside the plummy berry flesh. Still has another few years of life ahead. S(+)

Domaine des Pins Saint Amour 2010 (£14.99 Oxford Wine Company)
A curious wine, not sure whether there’s just a hint of rot giving this a slightly gawky/peppery character. I like its youthful crunchiness and blackcurrant and raspberry flavours, but it feels a little angular in this company. B(+)

Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly ‘Les Sept Vignes’ 2009 (£15.30 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Starts off dumb, but then unwinds to show a core of hillside flavours – wild strawberries, wimberries and blackberries, with apple and blackberry pie-like acidity to freshen up the finish. Tried a couple of bottles of this the week after I shot the video, and they were both richer in body and fuller-flavoured, making me think my sample was ever-so-slightly corked. Those 2 bottles were S(+), this was S-

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