I credit fellow blogger Glenn with introducing me to the joys of Beaujolais. For good reason, he has been an advocate of these relatively light and pleasant – but not necessarily simple – wines for as long as I can remember. The 2009 vintage has been hailed as outstanding and “once-in-a-lifetime” by winemakers like George Duboeuf and critics alike, and you will certainly be seeing a few more reviews of wines from this vintage on Wine Dine With Us.
The appearance, as with many younger Beaujolais wines, is fresh and bright. Cherries and fresh raspberries are immediately apparent in the nose, but some vigorous swirling will reveal dried apricots and smokiness. Racy and streamlined, the acidity gives this wine its backbone with the delicate tannins rounding out the mouthfeel. This is a light-bodied wine that is both incredibly food-friendly and delicious on its own. We enjoyed it with eggplant stuffed with meat sauce. I usually would have chosen a heartier wine to go with this dish, but I simply could not wait to try this wine. It turned out to be a great match. A fantastic value to drink now or in warmer temperatures!
At Marty’s Fine Wine for $13.
P.S. Be sure to also check out our write-up of several Beaujolais Cru and Villages wines from our tasting last fall.