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 […]

#gogamaygo: the rising star of Gamay from Ontario

As part of Toronto’s Terroir Symposium I was asked to lead a tasting of Ontario Gamay. It was titled by the hashtag that Canadian Dr Janet Dorozynski came up with a few years back: #gogamaygo.

This is a variety that’s doing pretty well in Ontario. Ten years ago there were 25 different Gamays from here; now […]

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 […]

Gamay 40, Leaning Post Wismer-Armbrust and Natural Gamays, Niagara, Canada

Two very interesting Gamays from boutique Niagara producer Leaning Post. They come from the same vineyard, but are made differently: one is whole bunch, no added sulphites, no filtering, and it is quite natural tasting. I liked it but preferred the elegance of the regular Gamay.

Leaning Post Wismer-Armbrust Vineyard Gamay 2016 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, […]