By Kerry Winslow, grapelive
Let the celebration begin, the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau is legal to drink and the party has started around the world as the first of the 2009 vintage is being drunk. The vintage will be one of the best ever in France by all accounts, and we here in California are hopeful as well for the quality, and from what I’ve seen in tanks it will be fantastic. In a year that has brought so much pain for the wine industry and for many millions of others it is nice to be able to put that aside for a little while and enjoy a moment, a small early thanksgiving with a sample of this new wine. Sometimes searching for something to be grateful for comes hard, especially in these tough and scary times and the days ahead look even more uncertain, but I must take pause to count my blessings, for my friends and family that have been there for me, held me up, and supported me, as I’m sure they have for everyone who is reading this. So I’ll toast all of them and you with a fresh glass of grapey Gamay and try to smile, and hope for a great future for all.
2009 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Nouveau, (Gamay), France.
The first wine of the vintage and an early sign post to the quality of the years wine, especially giving an insight on what will follow from the region, most notably Burgundy, Beaujolais Nouveau is a party and celebration in itself, with huge crowds around the world lining up in the cold until the clock ticks to the third Thursday of November and no sooner to get some of this fresh purple juice! This wine from Domaine Dupeuble is one of the best Nouveau(s) I’ve ever had, of course the vintage must be great, but I am sure Kermit Lynch has found a fantastic family producer that does everything for quality. This wine has bright and fresh flavors that jump from the glass and continue on the palate with violets, blueberry and plum that explode in the mouth before a core of strawberry and cranberry layers take over. There is dark currant, verbena, red citrus and hints of sour cherry candy all adding to the soft goodness. I’m hooked all ready, and I can’t wait to see the regular Beaujolais and Cru Beaujolais from this vintage and Domaine when the come out next summer and fall! This is a fantastic wine, and a perfect Thanksgiving quaffer! ($17-20 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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