Tuesday, 5 April 2011

A prodigal Beaujolais

I can't remember the last time I drank Beaujolais, but I now know is that it was too long ago! Like the return of the prodigal son, this wine not only marks my return to this blog after a long absence, it is also a reminder that in my world of wine, Beaujolais was lost but is now found.

When it comes to the 2009 vintage, Bordeaux may have stolen the headlines and more than it's fair share of the money, but it wasn't the only French region to produce good wines. So, having heard how good the 2009 vintage was supposed to be in Beaujolais, I sought out this little gem from the Wine Society (a bargain at only £7.50). Chateau d'Emeringes is a Beaujolais-Villages wine from the hills above the crus of Chenas and Julienas.
The chateau, nestled in Emeringes village
Chateau d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages, Vieilles Vignes, 2009

Appearance: deceptively dense, sumptuous deep purple core with lilac rim
Nose: heady fruit cordial and smell of grapes fermenting in a cellar
Palette: instantly appealing, bursting with ripe fruits (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries) but with a concentrated sweet undertone that reins in the fruit to form a dense and long finish that's like a fruit coulis
Conclusion: dangerously easy to drink & deliciously fruity but this is no bimbo! 2.5* 7/10

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