Wednesday, June 06, 2012
2009 Vincent Girardin FLEURIE "Domaine de la Chapelle" "Vieilles Vignes" (Beaujolais, France)
Strikingly deep, pure, violet-tinged ruby. Wonderfully inviting nose of juicy plums and sweet, dark cherries along with a tangy, powdered stone note. Bone dry, yet ripe and juicy in the mouth. Nicely structured, with refreshing acids and a little but of very fine-grained tannin. Nice purity. A joy to drink. Great balance too. The only thing it lacks is a bit more minerally complexity, but it's Beaujolais, so maybe I'm being too analytically hard on it. A-. Imported by Vineyard Brands, I got this for $14.99 from Winex.com.