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#1

Following the recent Beaujolais taste I was very taken by the level of complexity delivered by the Roilettes. This is something I have not encountered before, probably because in the past I’ve only really drunk cheaper Beaujolais (nouveau probably), and so I’m now interested in exploring these wines a little further. Initially I was looking at the two mixed cases (though one is now sold out) but these are all 2017 and I was so much more taken by the more mature Roilette that I am disinclined to opt for young Beaujolais for my exploration. As such these are the Beaujolais wines currently on the list that are 2015 or older (and affordable):
Beauregard, Moulin-à-Vent, '15
Beauregard, Fleurie Poncié, '15
Joseph Burrier, Saint-Amour, '15
Joseph Burrier, Chiroubles, '15
Roilette, Fleurie, '14
Do you good folk think that represents a moderately good first exploration of more mature Beaujolais? There are no older Beaujolais currently on the list (other than a rather expensive '09).


#2

2015 Beaujolais are atypically full bodied in general, often quite"grenache" like. But the wines you have listed should all age well. 2014 is a more “classic” vintage


#3

Ah thank you. So that’s a problem then as I’m not really wanting to age them but rather drink them now to explore which Beaujolais styles I prefer, and if 2015 is atypical then it’s probably not appropriate :frowning: which leaves me no other choice but to buy elsewhere (reluctant) or only explore young wines (also reluctant). If I filter from 2016 instead of 2015 then there is a much larger choice but is that old enough to get a sense of more mature Beaujolais crus?


#4

Atypically full bodied as a rule of thumb, of course individual wines vary and the 2015’s I have drunk have been enjoyable so no harm in trying them out. Like everything its all about trying out a few wines and seeing which Crus and more importantly which growers you like.


#5

Yes but my concern is that if it’s an atypical year then are they going to give me a good sense of the typical wine from each producer? I don’t want to buy 1 bottle of wine x, love it to death, and then buy a case of the same that I then hate as the case is now from a more typical year. Made even worse if I’m buying the case to lay down for a number of years.

Bottom line, I would have assumed that in order to explore Beaujolais wines I’m best doing it with wines from a fairly typical year.


#6

Mike: I share your concern regarding the £45 '09 - to misqote Oz Clarke, BJL should be joyful and laughing - and £45 sounds a tad serious. BUT it’s definitely worth getting in the odd £25 bottle with a decade in glass just to see what can happen at the upper end of the spectrum (something you could never do with Burgundy or Bordeaux)