Despite the funky label this is a really classic Beaujolais. A lot people tend to associate Beaujolais with Beaujolais Nouveau but a Beaujolais Village is very different. The grapes must be sourced from premium northern Beaujolais from an area consisting of 38 villages. Here the hilly terrain and granite soil is superior to the flatter lands of the south of the town and soils and exposure can vary the wine which can be more concentrated than straightforward Beaujolais.
Beaujolais Village will always use the Gamay grape which is thin skinned creating wines light in body and red fruit driven. The wine undergoes carbonic maceration, a traditional method of fermentation in Beaujolais where many of the grapes begin to ferment before they have been crushed. This result being a fresh, highly aromatic, fruit driven style of wine.
Beaujolais is getting increasing amounts of attention and from the village level up in particular the quality is improving vintage on vintage. Wines are becoming more terroir focussed with the French referring to these as “expressive wines” considering them for more of their haute cuisine and finding their structure and complexity increasingly compelling.
This is an exuberant fruity red wine with juicy crushed strawberries, cherry characters and an intriguing savoury twist. The palate is soft and approachable with vibrant acidity and a mouth-watering floral, morello cherry finish with a hint of violet.
Try with a charcuterie platter, BBQ sausages or even with a hearty salad (salads beaujolaise = poached egg and fried bacon strips on green salad…and don’t forget the garlic!). Excellent wine for a summer picnic or alfresco dining.