Wine Review: 2009 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly “Cuvée des Ambassades”

Ever since our Roundtable tasting of Beaujolais Villages and Crus this fall, I cannot seem to keep these wonderful wines out of my mind or glass. Lettie Teague’s great article “Quality Beaujolais: It’s No Oxymoron” in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal made me hopeful that these wines, which are often dismissed out of hand due to their association with Beaujolais Nouveau, would gain the recognition they deserve.

Tonight I am trying a wine I picked up at Wine Library in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago from the Côte de Brouilly appellation. Côte de Brouilly is located on the slopes of Mont Brouilly and within the larger Brouilly appellation. As I pour it into the glass, I can’t help but think that it looks bright and very fresh, which of course it is, being a 2009. It is a lovely violet with black in the core. Fresh fruits dominate the nose, particularly blueberry, strawberry, and plum. The palate is focused and clean, with pomegranate juice and white pepper. The mouthfeel is taut and mouthwatering, with the acidity and the young tannins hitting at the same time.

I keep reading that this wine should be aged in the bottle for two to four years, but I don’t think I could resist it that long. A delicious wine to enjoy now.

At Wine Library for $14.98.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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