2016 beaujolais

2016 beaujolais


The Stunning 2016 Beaujolais

Gamay, a noble grape of France? Can great wine be made from what was once considered an inferior grape? The answer is unequivocally YES! For years now, the trend has been to get away from the simple overripe table wine that was once the norm for Beaujolais, and instead produce wines of structure, character and depth. The great producers of the region are taking a page out of Burgundy’s book, and adopting many of their practices such as picking earlier, whole cluster fermentation, and aging in barrels.

The 2016 Beaujolais are stunning; showing impeccable structure and age worthiness. They also happen to be an absolute steal considering you can purchase wines from the best producers and spend less than $30!

“Hot on the heels of the superb if atypically ripe and powerful 2015s, most 2016 Beaujolais are built along more classical lines, emphasizing lively, sharply delineated red fruit, floral and spice qualities and offering succulent early drinkability.

By the end of September it was clear that 2016 would be a classic vintage, producing wines with good depth, healthy acidity levels and noteworthy balance. The problem, of course, is that in many instances there simply wouldn’t be much of them.” - Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media

“There wouldn’t be much of them” due to hail storms that damaged fruit and as a result needed to be cut away. The remaining fruit turned out to be excellent but production was obviously reduced.

Here is an excerpt from Vinous Media on the increasing interest for Beaujolais that I couldn’t agree more with:

“...many of these oenophiles are Burgundy lovers who have been forced to cut back their purchases from the Côte d’Or, often severely, because of skyrocketing prices and diminishing availability. Then there’s the matter of value, which strongly favors Beaujolais as top-notch bottlings can often deliver astounding quality when compared to wines from pretty much any other region of France.”


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Guy Breton Regnie Cru Beaujolais 2016 (750ml)

Guy Breton Regnie Cru Beaujolais 2016 (750ml)

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Bright violet. Highly perfumed red fruit, spicecake and rose pastille aromas show very good lift, focus a...

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