A vigorous, lean and intensely minerally Beaujolais. This is typically one of my favorite estates in Beaujolais, but I think they've recently started making different cuvees, and this is the basic bottling. I am a little fearful that this will result in the same thing that's pervading Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where reserve cuvees have led to diminishing quality in the wines bearing the regular (and previously only) label.
Medium dark violet-tinged grapey ruby color. A nose reminiscent of crisp plum and cherry juice poured over sharp, just-cracked stones. Lots of crisp, minerally and grapey/cherry fruit hit the palate immediately, but there's a little hollowness in the middle. A crisp, zesty finish carries with it a surprising amount of soft tannin. A little angular but a very pleasant dinner wine with rustic food. B. Was $19.99, but I forgot where I got it. Imported by Kermit Lynch.