I hope that regular readers will agree that I’m not a big hype merchant. If I big something up, it’s because I really, really like it. This is one such wine. At under £10 it is a no-brainer, and I’ve already bought some. But a caveat: those who prefer power over elegance (and I’m not criticizing you if that’s your preference) may not ‘get’ this wine. I think it is superbly elegant, and it showed well over successive evenings.
Jean-Paul Dubost ‘Tracot’ Beaujolais Villages 2010 Beaujolais, France
12.5% alcohol. Fresh, natural, mineral and quite serious with a lively spiciness under the sapid black cherry fruit. Fresh acidity and a serious mineral component help to make this an alive wine. Just delicious, and one of the best sub-£10 reds I’ve ever had. 92/100 (£9.95 Berry Bros & Rudd)