Monday, June 13, 2011

Stacey's Darling #3: A Lucious Beaujolais

Hi Peeps--

I tried another wine at work last week that quickly became a new darling.

2009 Domaine Tete Julienas, Cru Beaujolais, France.

You may see on the label that is just says "Red Beaujolais Wine". Of course, if you are new in the wine world, you would have no clue what grapes are in the bottle, what to expect stylistically, etc... That's what I'm here for :)

Gamay is the red grape queen of Beaujolais, and almost all red wines in this area are made from Gamay. This wine may have a blend of other grapes, but Gamay is the star of the show.

Now, about the wine making region:

This wine is from Beaujolais, which is a smaller area located in the famous region of Burgundy, France.

Beaujolais' claim to fame is Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a wine that comes out every 3rd Thursday of November (right in time for Thanksgiving!) These wines are light in body, color, tannin, and as some people will argue, light in flavor. They are meant to be fun and festive, and there is nothing serious about them!

This wine is a Stacey's Darling because it breaks all those rules that people hold about wines from Beaujolais! This is a serious wine- it has delicious and cutting acid, warm black and red fruit flavors, meat and pepper (yummmmmm), and fantastic body, but at the same time is very sip-able and approachable!

It goes for $22 at my work, but I'm sure you can find it online for a more reasonable price (although I think $22 is a worthy value for this fantastic wine).

Pair this with some dark meat poultry- it would be a fantastic sidekick to duck!

Happy Drinking!


Beau said...

I'm thirsty. I've tasted a couple 2009 Beaujolais and was enamored! Thanks for writing that one up, very good read.