Response to “a better Beaujolais”

By Jesse on November 17, 2008

It’s almost Thanksgiving again, and you know what that means: time to “go Bo!”  Scientists have proven that Beaujolais is the only bottle that will pair adequately with your T-day feast.  Drinking any other wine would be like drinking non-green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and may cause your taste buds to go on strike.

When we resolved last week to taste a lineup of Beaujolais bottles at our next boozy gathering, I hardly think I was alone in assuming we’d be encountering wines of a predominantly light and fruity nature.  As it turns out, the five bottles we tasted were some of the biggest and heaviest expressions of the Gamay grape I’ve ever had.  That said, a couple of them were among the best, too.  Here’s your 2008 Thanksgiving shopping guide:

Kicking off the “bro-jolais” meeting (so-named because the guys outnumbered the girls 2-to-1) was the 2006 Pierre-Marie Chermette “Les Garants” (Fleurie), compliments of newbie Julian.  The pour came out darker than would’ve anticipated from Beaujolais – unbeknownst to us at the time, this would become a recurring theme over the course of the evening.  On the nose, Katie got strawberry, Dylan got floral notes, and Julian got lavender, while Mary got a hint of chocolate-covered berries.  “It smells like a fruit that would be purple if it existed,” offered Andrew.  John rounded off the nose with “strawberry gel fruit snack.”  If only Pierre-Marie could’ve been there to hear that…

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  1. Ah, Beaujolais, my first love. I was recoiling from too much Yucatan-style pulled pork from the burrito I ate 30 mins prior, so I didn’t get as much out of this meeting as I’d hoped, but any time you get to spend in Mary and John’s “rumpus room” is time well-spent.

    The Thanksgiving feast didn’t hurt either.

    (I’m loving the direct links to my favorite wine shop, K&L, by the way. I’ll let them know you’re sending love their direction.)

    Comment by Andrew Lang — November 17, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

  2. They apparently have every significant bottle of Beaujolais under the sun. (That, and they come up very early in Google searches.)

    Comment by Jesse — November 18, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  3. Jesse,

    I recommend trying wines from Morgon — the Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard and Dominique Piron are all interesting (the former two being imported by Kermit Lynch). Also, the Piron Chenas Quartz is fantastic, and very different from the wines you sampled. Sounds like a great tasting you conducted.

    I’ll refrain from making snarky K&L Google SEO comments right now…but it’s so hard for me to do!

    Comment by Jill — November 18, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  4. Jesse – obviously you didn’t have to perform slave labor as a child and run a chain-saw and fill your grampa’s wood shed up each summer or you would have understanded the chain-saw comparison on the nose.

    Much love, great write up.


    Comment by Dylan Conroy — November 23, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

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