Today is Beaujolais Nouveau release day. At one point this was the 'It' wine that all the insiders and wine savvy people were drinking, and people reveled in the oceans of the wine (literally bathing in it on occasion) on every release. This popularity can't be dismissed, because the craze and financial attention in all likelihood saved the Beaujolais region from obscurity and ruin. But where Beaujolais was then and where it is now are vastly different animals. Lots of great artisan producers making distinct wines that speak with as much variety from place to place as Burgundy can, and still priced so everybody can experience the full range of potential quality if they so choose. Modern Beaujolais has so much to offer beyond the Nouveau, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to explore.
Domaine Dupeuble is part of the Kermit Lynch portfolio, and while it isn't part of the famous 'Gang of Four' producers that largely jump-started the modern Beaujolais movement in the 1980s (worth reading about on the Kermit Lynch web site if interested) they represent one of the finest values in the region. All of the care and attention found in the top Crus translated into a wine built for everyday consumption. A lovely soft purple in the glass, the nose immediately crackles with cranberry and tart cherry skin aromas, with that tinge of salty/gamey meat that is tell-tale Beaujolais. The palate is plush and soft with just a hint of tannins and unfiltered dustiness left on the tongue, and the natural acidity brings a saliva-inducing tartness to the finish. This is the ultimate snacking wine, perfect for charcuterie as well as the myriad of Thanksgiving dishes enjoyed the day of and for 3-5 days beyond.
INSIDER'S PICK: 2011 BODEGAS BRECA GARNACHA OLD VINE CALATAYUD (VINOUS 91pts) $16.99
The Best of the Best.
We offering free tastings on these wines in the store every Thursday and Friday, and a 10% discount off the retail price through the duration of the day. Come on by and give them a try!