Thursday, January 19, 2006

2003 Chateau de Chatelard Beaujolais-Villages "Vieilles Vignes"

I am a great fan of Beaujolais, despite how uncool it may be among current wine geeks. And this is a really good, old-style Beaujolais.

Deep ruby with glints of purple. Intense nose of crunchy raspberries, spiced grape jelly, and pewtery minerals. Youthful and a tad angular at present, but with wonderfully penetrating flavors of raspberries, grapes, and crushed stones. A bit tannic(!) for a Beaujolais, but not unpleasantly so. Mouthfilling and rich, with a ridiculously long finish. This wine could benefit from another several months' worth of cellaring so it can settle down and soften up a bit more, but WOW! This is really fine old-fashioned Beaujolais! 90+ Only $10 at Spec's on Smith. GO GET SOME!

No comments: