In Beaujolais: the elegant wines of Domaine David Chapel

Michele Smith-Chapel and David Chapel

David Chapel has a restaurant background, having worked as a sommelier. His father (Alain Chapel) owned a restaurant that had the full complement of three Michelin stars. David also spent three years in Kobe, Japan. His father was good friends with Marcel Lapierre, and David went to work with the […]

Gamay 39, Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon 2016

Latest in the Gamay series: it’s a relatively inexpensive but delicious Beaujolais Villages from Burgaud, a producer I really like. He tends to make quite dense, burly expressions of Gamay, and they can age very well.

Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon Beaujolais Villages 2016 France
12.5% alcohol. This is from the Château de Thulon in Lantignié, […]

Pierre Cotton, an exciting young winegrower in Brouilly, Beaujolais

Pierre Cotton’s family domaine is perched next door to the vineyards heading up the slope of Mont Brouilly. He’s one of the talented next generation of winegrowers in the region, and came to winemaking at the family domaine after a spell as a motorcycle mechanic and then two years working in the Loire.

He began in […]

Gamay 37, Haywire Gamay Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, Canada

For the latest in this series on Gamay, I’m heading to Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Here, Gamay does really well: I reckon more should be planted! I’ve been following Haywire’s work in general for a few years now, and this is their best Gamay yet I reckon.

Haywire Gamay Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, Canada
This comes from two […]

Gamay 36, Mount Edward Muirkirk Vineyard Gamay 2017

Had this last night at Scotch Bar in Blenheim. It’s a new wine from Mount Edward, and it’s a Gamay with no additions at all, including sulphites. And it’s utterly delicious and brilliant. Good work Duncan Forsyth and team!

Mount Edward Muirkirk Vineyard Gamay 2017 Central Otago, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. No added sulfites. Concentrated, fresh and […]

Gamay 35, Château de Grandmont Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2017 France

So, it’s Beaujolais Nouveau day. For quite a while, those of us who love Gamay and Beaujolais were a bit embarrassed by this seemingly outdated celebration. We cringed when we saw a region market itself through its worst wines. But as the reputation of Beaujolais has been rebuilt, now people are taking this day – […]

Gamay 34, Edmunds St John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2015

This Californian Gamay comes from Barsotti Ranch, a high-altitude (1000 m) vineyard in El Dorado County, with decomposed granite soils. Vines were planted in 2005, but there are also some newer plantings here too. It’s made by one of California’s authentic wine heroes, Steve Edmunds, and it’s really delicious. The wine is fermented in open […]

Gamay 33, Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015

Metrat is underrated as a Beaujolais producer. I visited him last year, and really loved the wines. This is one of his best, a Fleurie that comes from a special Lieu Dit, La Roilette. The crus of Beaujolais have a fair bit of soil variation, and there are some especially privileged sites, and now growers […]

Exploring the wines of Ontario, Canada

Yesterday I took part in a session for LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) product consultants, focusing on Ontario wines. This was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the vineyards (we started off at Jackson-Triggs, went to Cave Spring, then finished at Flat Rock.) These consultants are the people who work in the government liquor stores as […]

Gamay 32, François Rousset-Martin J'en Suis Gaga 2015

I had this wine on Wednesday night at the fab Westerns Laundry. It’s a Gamay from the Jura, but is labelled as Vin de France. François Rousset-Martin grew up in Burgundy where his father was a medical microbiologist at the Hospices de Beaune. But the family had some vines in the Jura: 12 hectares in […]