(2022) A new Cru Beaujolais for the Society, available from 4th May 2022, only 50% was whole bunch fermented and the wine was aged 10 months in Austrian oak vats. A more serious style for sure, a deeper sense of fruit and a polished quality, lots of charming fruit sweetness suggested though. In the mouth quite creamy and ripe, a firm liquorice edge to the raspberry and plum fruits, and a firming edge of acidity too in a concentrated finish.
(2020) From the Coteaux Bourguignons appellation in Beaujolais (though vinified at Latour's HQ in Beaune), this grows on clay and limestone soils, which also have some 'terra rossa' iron-oxide influence. After fermentation in open vats it spends 10 to 12 months ageing in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Lovely cherry bright and briary nose, floral and lightly herbal characters adding freshness and light to the aromas. The fruit is deliciously sweet as it strikes the palate; pert and pretty, it is firmly in the red fruit spectrum of cherry and a touch of raspberry. Spicy, dry tannins and very good, juicy acidity adds length and balance. Deliciously drinkable.
(2017) From 50-year-old vines grown on granite soils in Saint-Amour, this is dark, slightly duller in colour than the Fleurie. Vinous, with black cherry and a sense of richness, it seems more powerful but a touch less aromatic and refined. On the palate it is solidly fruity and relatively well-balanced, perhaps a touch chewy in the finish for Beaujolais, but concentration is obvious.
(2016) This wine is made in Beaune from less than one hectare of old vines Pinot Noir that were purchased and planted in Beaujolais in 1971. A touch reduced, but there is a nice touch of game and mushroom over delicately spiced black fruit. Nice fruity lift. The palate has juiciness and nice fruit, and a firm backbone, and is very well done.
(2016) Served from magnum. There’s a touch of currant and vanilla sweetness, with some flowers and lots of charming Pinot-like sweetness, the palate showing good balance of tannins and acids, and a sweet and ripe fruit character, and good juiciness and spice, dry but balanced.
(2016) 23-year-old Beaujolais Cru with an old wine, brown sugar and currant suggestion of sweetness on the nose. The palate has lost most of its tannin structure, but the acidity is balance and it has a fine spiciness and great sweetness of fruit. Lovely in its way.