Tag: Beaujolais

Domaine Chasselay Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois 2013

Domaine Chasselay Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois 2013

Today’s post features one of the ‘Crus de Beaujolais’, this one, more specifically, from the Fleurie AOC. It isn’t spectacular, by any means, but it is still very good, and, in particular, it presents a good illustration of the slight banana aroma and taste that can arise from the carbonic maceration method of fermentation employed in the production of Beaujolais reds.

  • Winery: Claire et Fabien Chasselay
  • Price: $25.95 CDN
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Sugar: 2.2 g/L

This particular Beaujolais is a very dark, almost opaque, purplish-ruby. The nose is rich with cherry, along with some floral notes and a faint hint of banana. It is fairly dry with moderately strong acidity and moderate tannins developing more fully towards the end. It has a sour red fruit base in the mouth, with perfume and woody flavors, a little tobacco, and a slight earthiness at the finish. It is a bit tart, but still with a well-rounded effect.  Overall it is a pleasant little wine.

Anita Kuhnel Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2015

Anita Kuhnel Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes 2015

Today’s selection is a Beaujolais. As you can see, it was good enough to rate three stars but, given the price, and my expectations, it was actually a bit disappointing…

By way of a brief primer, the Beaujolais wine region of south-eastern France is sometimes lumped in with the much larger Burgundy region. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, however, as the reds of Burgundy are almost exclusively Pinot Noirs, while the Beaujolais reds are produced using the varietal known as Gamay, or Gamay Noir. Under the French name-control regime (AOC), the basic level grouping for this region is the plain Beaujolais AOC. Above this, both in terms of price and (usually) quality, are the wines produced in certain villages, and which are entitled to carry the ‘Beaujolais-Villages AOC’ designation on their labels (there are 39 such villages at last count). Beyond these, again in terms of price and quality, are the wines from 10 specific communes, all of which rate their own individual AOC, and which are collectively referred to as the ‘Crus de Beaujolais’.  Moulin-à-Vent is one of these…

This particular Moulin-à-Vent cost me $26.40 Canadian from the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ). It has an alcohol content of 13% and the sugar quotient rates in at 1.8 g/L. Thus far, the best Beaujolais I have tasted was from the Moulin-à-Vent AOC but, sadly, this one did not measure up.

The color of this particular Beaujolais is a very dark, slightly purplish red. The nose was quite muted and the aroma of dark, ripe berries is overshadowed by an earthy, somewhat vegetal quality that is reminiscent of dried mushroom. I also got a slight hint of jam but this was ephemeral and fleeting.

It is medium to light bodied and fairly dry, with low moderate acidity and tannins to match except for a slight astringency at the end. As with the nose, the fruitiness is very understated and there is the same earthiness, but with a few herbaceous highlights and a touch or pepper. On my second glass, I also detected a note of cherry that was a bit medicinal and not very pleasant.The finish was very short and, on the whole, the effect was not well-rounded. For one of the Crus de Beaujolais, it wasn’t especially good and I won’t purchase this particular vintage again.