Vivid freshness of Beaujolais in a glass
In the wine world, vintages matter. For a reason.
When Bordeaux announces a great vintage, futures are sold in the American market for astronomical prices. When a lesser known region claims 2009 to be the “best vintage in the last 50 years”, prices don’t seem to take notice. Yet. Great news for us consumers.
The region in the spotlight here is Beaujolais in southern Burgundy. These are not the famous Thanksgiving novelty, lively barely-fermented wines of Beaujolais Nouveau, but Beaujolais Crus, the 10 villages that produce the highest quality Beaujolais wines. These are the essence of the region. These wines have the finesse, elegance and freshness to them unmatched anywhere else.
On July 13th, 2010, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf with winemaker Emeric Gaucher and Duboef exlcusive importer W. J. Deutsch & Sons hosted a media dinner at Brasserie Joe Boston to present the 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Crus.
Lineup of Duboeuf Wines
Eric’s passion and expert knowledge were contagious. But it wasn’t just the versatility or incredible food-matching ability of the wines that was impressive. It wasn’t even the luck of an exceptional vintage.
It was the vibrancy, youth and freshness of fruit that were so attractive.
You could drink these like water. Pair them with both a rack of lamb and onion torte. Bring them to a party. Share them with a friend. And know with certainty that there was no space for pretension in that glass.
French wines have a reputation that is both a blessing and a curse. They are admired and accepted as the benchmark of winemaking. They are perceived to be a connoisseur’s choice, something you move toward as you progress in your wine knowledge, after you’ve mastered the basics. Something that demands a certain level of sophistication and understanding of that evasive concept of terroir.
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Moulin a Vent
It doesn’t have to be that way. In essence, French wines are not that complicated. They are simply made with respect to the region where they grow.
Beaujolais Crus wines are created simply to be enjoyed.
Tasted in succession, the different Crus of showed their distinct personalities. Brouilly, the largest, was light and aromatic. Moulin-a-Vent was fleshier and spicier. And on it went.
As the self-made entrepreneur and the original founder of Les Vins George Duboeuf, the man who pioneered an empire back in 1964 seems to have achieved the standard of quality and consistency renowned around the world.
And hired the right people.
“There are two types of people in this world”, philosophized winemaker Emeric Gaucher. “Those in the wine business (consumers and trade), and the wine genesis. What we are about here is the genesis. We simply ask that you continue the story.”
So let’s continue the story.