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Tuesday 18th April 2017

Beaujolais Is Back In Style… 2015 Vintage Is Not To Be Overlooked

Cotes de Bouilly Cru of Beaujolais

Forget everything you have ever heard about Beaujolais. I really believe we are on the cusp of a new era in this understated French wine region. With Burgundy prices surging ahead it is my job as Head of Bon Coeur’s wine buying team to seek out new wines and help you discover the hidden gems. The 2015 Beaujolais vintage is simply stunning. We recently rounded up over 50 samples and set about tasting. The wines were truly exciting, the best I have tasted since 2009, potentially even surpassing this renowned “deckchair vintage”.

The fruit concentration and purity of Beaujolais 2015 is exceptional and in some cases rivals that of Burgundy and Rhone in quality, whilst offering unbelievable value for money.  Recently, it’s interesting to note that many wine critics and journalists have been talking about this untapped region with increased vigor and interest.  Over the last decade much investment has been received by the region and things have dramatically moved on since the 80s and 90s.   Many vineyards have now been taken over by the next generation who have got to grips with combining modern winemaking techniques with the traditions of working hard in the vineyards, reducing yields, hand-picking the grapes and working with the vines and terroir offered by each of the Beaujolais wine making areas.

The French region of Beaujolais can be found approximately 30 miles north of Lyon.  For red Beaujolais AOC wines it is the Gamay grape that dominates; producing lighter styled reds, which are low in tannin and in good vintages can be very approachable.  The Beaujolais region is comprised of 10 Crus (areas of distinct terroir and styles), namely, Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin a Vent, Regnie and Saint Amour.


Here I have selected my top six Beaujolais 2015, rest assured, you will not be disappointed. All drinking well now and will cellar for the next 3-5 years, if you’d like some advice, please do give us a call.

Moulin `A Vent, Vieilles Vignes, Stephanie Aviron 2015

Serious nose of concentrated black fruits. Impressive and inviting. Seductive black fruits woven with violets. Gorgeous velvety texture with serious length. Touch of coffee fused with an amazing collage of black fruits and spice. Simply amazing. A MUST. Bravo. Drink now to 2024. JG


Cotes de Brouilly, Henry Fessy 2015

Bright, vibrant summer berry and cherry nose with good concentration. Wow. Generous ripe fruits with wonderful freshness and energy. Red berry core that flows onto a long finish with a generous seasoning of spice. Drink now to 2020. JG


Beaujolais, L’Or de Pierres, Jacques Charlet 2015

Attractive, pure and vibrant summer berries with added black raspberries. More floral on the palate with violets, ripe raspberries, plums and blackcurrants. Lovely texture and a charming summer wine. Drink now to end of 2018. JG


Fleurie, Chateau de Fleurie 2015
Wonderful, vibrant nose with violets, tayberries and cherry fruit, fused with spice. Lovely velvety texture with a luscious, ripe concentration of blackcurrants and cherries integrated with cinnamon. Uplifting acidity that adds another dimension. Great stuff. Drink now to 2020. JG BEST EVER


Julienas, Clos des Poulettes, Jacques Charlet 2015
Named after Julius Caesar. Impressive, forward, concentrated nose. Wow, multilayered with luscious black fruits, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon with a velvety texture that is well knitted together. Superb wine and a steal at this price. Drink now until 2020+ JG


Morgon, Cote du Py, Vieilles Vignes, Jacques Charlet 2015
Cote du Py is a hillside in Morgon that produces the best and most concentrated wines of Morgon. Inspiring concentration with ripe, seductive black fruits. More masculine style with power, charming earthy undertones, cinnamon and tobacco that makes the wine stand out. Very Good. Bravo. Drink now to 2022. JG


If you’d like any advice, please do give us a call in the office on 01325 776446 or email wine@bcfw.co.uk and we’d be happy to help.

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