The Chateau de La Chaize from Beaujolais’s Brouilly appellation hails from the famed 2009 vintage. It is a semi-finalist for the red wine to be served at the dinner I mentioned in my previous post. My fellow tasters and I liked that it is tasty, interesting, and fresh, with neither tannins nor acidity overly asserting themselves. A solid, middle of the road kind of wine that won’t offend, will go well with the meal, and just might win over some new fans to the growing Beaujolais camp. While Chateau de La Chaize eschews labels like “organic” and “biodynamic”, they do incorporate some of the principals of these practices in their viticulture, including limiting chemicals and planting grass between rows.
Blueberry and cherry aromas and flavors mingle with floral notes, a bit of banana, and a hint of spice. There is a grapiness to this wine. Medium-plus acidity, medium-minus tannins, body is on the light side and the finish is a little short.
Being well received by all six tasters, myself included, the Chateau de La Chaize is a strong contender. Have a suggestion for what to serve 500 people? Please let me know!
At Gordon’s Fine Wines for $14.99.