Domaine de Fa, Beaujolais with a northern Rhône twist

Back in 2013 the northern Rhône based Graillot family bought 5 hectares in Beaujolais – a vineyard called En Besset, just at the southern tip of the crus near Saint Amour and Julienas. [They also got their hands on parcels of vines in Fleurie and Saint Amour.] Their farming is organic (certified), and this wine […]

Selection des Vignerons 2015 Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais

Really impressed with this, a wine selected by the vignerons of Moulin-à-Vent. Ageworthy Gamay from the warm 2015 vintage.

Selection des Vignerons 2015 Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, France
This was selected blind from a hundred samples by the vignerons of Moulin-à-Vent. Whole cluster ferment, aged in stainless steel. This is dense yet supple with lovely raspberry and blackberry fruit […]

Beaujolais Nouveau: a lovely example from Châteaux de Vaux

So, Beaujolais Nouveau is still a thing. I went through a dark patch, but the quality of the wines seems t0 have picked up. This one is from Beaujolais specialist Christopher Piper and it’s really good. Released today (Thurs 15 Nov).

Châteaux de Vaux Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2018 France
From Yannick de Vermont, this is a really impressive Nouveau. […]

Gamay 45, Yvon Métras Moulin-à-Vent 2015

Another raid on Terroirs last night. I love this place! We did some raiding – a slightly disappointing bottle of Ganevat (occasionally this happens) was followed by a Souhaut Syrah and a Foillard Fleurie. And then they managed to find a bottle of Métras for us, even though it was sold out. It was singing: […]

Gamay 44, Jean Foillard Morgon 2016

Last night in New Zealand, so it’s time to head to Scotch. A quiet Saturday night there, and a very relaxed vibe. Two very good wines, including this deliciously focused, fruit-driven Morgon from Foillard.

Jean Foillard Morgon 2016 Beaujolais, France 
This is a striking expression of Morgan. It’s so floral and intense with a blast of red […]

Gamay 43, Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015

Had this with a bunch of other Beaujolais wines at Wine Mechanics in Gothenburg. It’s such a lovely wine: dense, concentrated, yet elegant. One of the good examples of 2015,

Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015 Beaujolais, France
Complex and dense, but pure with lovely black cherry and plum fruit. Brooding and quite structured with some grip, […]

Gamay 42, Thillardon Chessignol Chénas 2014

I visited Thillardon back in May 2016, and then caught up with the brothers in April this year. I really like their wines, and they are – in my opinion – competing at the top in Beaujolais. Biodynamic farming and sensitive hands-0ff winemaking result in some lovely wines. This is a bottle I bought back […]

Gamay 41, Jean Foillard Morgon 2015

I have been nervous about the 2015s from Beaujolais. At the time this was hailed as an amazing vintage, but in retrospect it was just a bit too ‘good’: too ripe and with many of the wines tasting a bit heavy and atypical, and a lot of them showing brett.

This was a nice surprise. The […]

Four affordable, lighter reds for summer smashing

Back to the UK and I’m working through some samples on a balmy summer evening. I’m really into lighter red wines at the moment and these four fit the bill for some summer smashing. And they are affordable, too.

Villa Blanche Piquepoul Noir 2016 IGP Pays l’Herault, France
13% alcohol
£8.49 Waitrose
Part of Calmel and Joseph’s Cepages Anciens […]

A mini tasting of five Gamays from Beaujolais

I’m hanging with a group on the lake in Muskoka, Ontario for a few days. Celebrated Canadian winemaker Thomas Bachelder is one of the party and he brought some Beaujolais for us to taste and discuss: he’s taking an interest in Gamay, so he wanted to look at different expressions of the grape. We tried […]