Sunday, January 09, 2011

2009 Eve & Michel Rey JULIENAS "Les Paquelets Tres Vieilles Vignes" (Beaujolais, France)

Outstanding! My kind of wine. Damn, I love good, old-fashioned Beaujolais. Interestingly, the magenta capsule presages the vivid ruby-magenta color of the wine.

Piercing, ripe but tangy scents of plum and boysenberry, along with abundant crushed rock notes. Lithe in the mouth, yet with concentrated fruit and stony mineral flavors that cling and linger. Actually a fair amount of tannin (surprising for a Beaujolais -- even a cru like this one). Excellent and vigorous now, this will easily keep for a year or 2. 90. Was $29.99 at Houston Wine Merchant (expensive for a Beaujolais cru, but worth it for a special occasion dinner). Imported by North Berkeley Imports.

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