The Beaujolais is Here!

This flight offers the opportunity to look at two versions of Gamay. The first is brand new Nouveau (is that redundant?) and the second is from the Cru Julienas.

Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2007
This is a textbook example of Nouveau with bubble gum and fruit gushing from the glass. Little to almost no apprarant tannin with appropriate acidity make it an easy drink. The Sambardier family owns 10 hectares in Beaujolais and 20 in Beaujolais-Villages.Mis at the domaine by Jean-Noel Sambardier, Propreitaire-Recoltant a Denice 12.5% $11.49 at Bottle Barn

Joseph Drouhin Julienas 2005
Last tasted in early 2007, this wine was clean and showing the acidity one would expect from Burgundy. Today it is evolving onto the downside of the hill, losing fruit and showing its alcohol. Mis by Drouhin, negociant eleveur a Beaune 13% $11.99 at Bottle Barn Drouhin

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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