Beaujolais 2018 -how good?

I couldn’t resist TWS recent Beaujolais offer, the mixed case arrived today, although technically I didn’t buy any more wine as my other half brought this
We wanted to keep to the cru level and try a range of villages, the Chateau de Moulin a Vent was a relative splurge
price wise but we’ve brought and enjoyed many of their wines, aside from the Thivin at £17 everything else was £15 and under

Chiroubles Domaine de la Boisselire 2018 (no added sulphur)
Domaine Jean Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py 2018
Dom Coudert Brouilly 2018
Julienas Dom du Greffeur 2018
Domaine Jean Marc Burgaud Regnie Vallieres 2018
Saint-Amour Domaine Les Cotes de la Roche 2018
Stephane Aviron Maison de la Madriere Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2018
Brouilly Pierreux Jean-Paul Dubost 2018
Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly Les Sept Vignes 2018
Dom des Coteaux de Font Cure Brouilly 2018
Stephane Aviron Chenas 2018
Ch du Moulin a Vent La Rochelle 2018


Do report back in these Simon. Nick and I jumped in and sort of formulated our own dirty dozen. Haven’t taken delivery of mine yet. Have piled in though and bought 10 or so cases of 2018. And being locked up I’m dreaming of a road
Trip down to the region inter alia what we used to do !
 
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Is the view that 2018 is a stand-out vintage that ought to be loaded up upon, akin to Piedmont 2016? I assume you don't buy 10 cases of Beaujolais every vintage.
 
Is the view that 2018 is a stand-out vintage that ought to be loaded up upon, akin to Piedmont 2016? I assume you don't buy 10 cases of Beaujolais every vintage.

yes Nick, not typical behaviour, but I do tend to hit good vintages hard, although I have resolved to longer indulge in the Bordeaux EP circus so a surplus of cash for good causes. As tempting as 2019 has been , just holding off looking at the prices of great back vintages for drinking now.
 
Do report back in these Simon. Nick and I jumped in and sort of formulated our own dirty dozen. Haven’t taken delivery of mine yet. Have piled in though and bought 10 or so cases of 2018. And being locked up I’m dreaming of a road
Trip down to the region inter alia what we used to do !
We made up our own dozen too, with the less sunny weather this weekend I may give the coravin a work out to test taste this lot.
10 cases is a fair statement David, but you do get a lot of wine for your money in Beaujolais
 
We made up our own dozen too, with the less sunny weather this weekend I may give the coravin a work out to test taste this lot.
10 cases is a fair statement David, but you do get a lot of wine for your money in Beaujolais
It’s not just Beaujolais Simon ! My cellar has increased somewhat despite increased consumption! And that’s with out convivial company - but that will come. Wines come and go in fashion. Bordeaux certainly peaked, Bojo at the low end
Of the cycle. Plus mistakes at this end aren’t so hard to embrace.
 
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Been offered the 2018 of this so thought I'd crack this bottle open tonight after dinner. Very good and might have bought six, but seems to be mostly offered in 12s; maybe BBR will stock the 2018 in due course. Slightly prefer Thivin based on my limited experience so far.

2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (6/5/2020)
A vibrant wine in every respect. Vivid colour, prominent fruit, reverberant energy. Takes a little time to open up and shed its slightly sandy tannins, after which you can enjoy a cherry-led, mineral and perfectly balanced experience. My only bottle, interested to see how this wine would show in a few years. (91 pts.)
 
Been offered the 2018 of this so thought I'd crack this bottle open tonight after dinner. Very good and might have bought six, but seems to be mostly offered in 12s; maybe BBR will stock the 2018 in due course. Slightly prefer Thivin based on my limited experience so far.

2017 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (6/5/2020)
A vibrant wine in every respect. Vivid colour, prominent fruit, reverberant energy. Takes a little time to open up and shed its slightly sandy tannins, after which you can enjoy a cherry-led, mineral and perfectly balanced experience. My only bottle, interested to see how this wine would show in a few years. (91 pts.)
The Foillard CdP can go on building for many years imho...2009s are in their pomp at the moment, may open one for Ledbury ribs this evening!
 
Have now had the Clos de la Roilette 2018 sourced in the US -- maybe a little better than the bottle I tried in France last autumn, but the black cherry fruit, although abundant, is dull and one-dimensional. A definite no for me. Lot L0001.

Sorry to hear that Claude. Was it the Cuvée Tardive?
 
I managed to find a little time today to road test a mixed case from TWS, and jolly good they were too, and for the money, excellent.
My picks for drinking now were the Ch Thivin Sept Vignes, Coudert Brouilly and Aviron Fleurie, the Morgan and MaV clearly need a few years at least. Lots of personality, freshness and no shortage of lovely ripe fruit, quite a winning combination.

2018 BEAUJOLAIS FROM THE WINE SOCIETY - (14/06/2020)

2018 is meant to be a good, possibly great Beaujolais vintage, but it was a warm year, let’s order a mixed case from The Wine Society, dust the coravin down and find out how it’s tasting early doors.
  • 2018 Stephane Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes Domaine De La Madriere - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie
    Medium body. 13%. Attractive red fruit nose, strawberry, a touch of boiled sweet. Juicy and fresh, more strawberry fruit, just a touch of textural tannin, good length, easy to drink already.
  • 2018 Stephane Aviron Chénas Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chénas
    Medium to light body. 12.5%. The nose is a bit reticent, just a whiff of a few berries. Plenty of juice, fresh, the tannins are a little coarser than the fleurie, a bit deeper in flavour, but not that giving right now, nice length o the finish, possibly one to let rest for a year or two.
  • 2018 Domaine les Côtes de la Roche Saint-Amour - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Saint-Amour
    Medium to full body. 13%. Some red fruits on the nose, a little blurrred, has some darker tones with swirling. The palate is quite dry, just a little tannin on the front of the tongue, there’s decent fruit though but it’s not showy, some strawberries, red currant and a touch of plum. Good length, the tannins come back at the finish
  • 2018 Domaine Dubost Brouilly Pierreux - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
    Medium body. 14%. Boiled sweets on the nose, some strawberry. The palate has a serious aspect to it, a little bubblegum too, it’s very dry and clean with a fair mineral finish. A little too confected for me right now, but could improve with a little time in bottle.
  • 2018 Coudert Brouilly - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
    Medium body. 13%. The nose is a bit shy, not much happening right now. The palate is great though, plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit, smooth with just a little fine tannin, very good length and that stony minerality that I like in Brouilly
  • 2018 Jacques Depagneux Brouilly Domaine des Côteaux de Font de Curé - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly
    Medium body. 13%. A juicy nose with lots of strawberries. Plenty more juice in the mouth and good acidity, it’s fairly simple and straightforward, it’s all about the strawberry fruit, tastes quite light but the finish keeps going. Some medium grain tannins emerge at the end
  • 2018 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Les Sept Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly
    Medium light body. 13.5%. Quite a rich and sumptuous nose, cherry pie. Nice weight of fruit in the mouth, strawberry, cherry, a little plum, very fine tannins remain at the end of the lengthy finish. Quite stylish and approachable already
  • 2018 Domaine de la Boisseliere Chiroubles Les Eaux Vives - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chiroubles
    Medium to light body. 13%. Sans soufre on the label. Some red berry’s on the nose, but it’s not showing much at the moment. The palate is a mouthful of red fruit with a few darker berries thrown into the mix, very juicy and tasty with a nice cut of acid, decent length, really vibrant, maybe the nose with improve, if it does develop to match the palate it will be a cracker, fine tannins sneak in on the finish
  • 2018 Jacques Depagneux Juliénas Domaine du Greffeur - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Juliénas
    Medium light body. 13%. Boiled sweets on the nose, cherry candy. Decent weight in the mouth, clearer red fruits than the nose, a little fine tannins pushes through towards the end, maybe a bit too light in flavour, medium finish.
  • 2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié
    Medium body, 12.5%. A bit of reduction on the nose masks the fruit To some degree. Plenty of fruit on the palate, cherry, strawberry, and a little plum. Quite a serious style, will probably keep well, decent length. A few furry tannins come through on the finish
  • 2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon
    Medium full body. 13%. Quite tight on the nose, some dark cherry and almost kirsch notes. Lovely dark berries in the mouth, great acidity, there’s plenty of fairly fine tannins here, a lovely long finish. Built to age but will be approachable fairly early I would think, lots of potential.
  • 2018 Château du Moulin-a-Vent Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent
    Medium body. 13%. 2366 bottles produced. Dark berry fruit on the nose, quite tightly wound. The palate has mouth staining and quite concentrated dark berry fruit, this tastes like it’s made in a more Burgundian style than Beaujolais, well integrated tannins and a long satisfying finish, delicious now, but a lot more potential to come if you can hold.

The big surprise was the alcohol levels which stayed under 14% with only 1 exception and the freshness which was generally very good. There was some plush fruit in places, but overall the wines were very good indeed and had the consistency of a very good vintage. On this showing, it’s well recommended.
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I know this isn’t an 18 but opened an 05 desvignes javanieres this week, which wasn’t much fun at all, all structure and no fruit. If this was burgundy you’d put it away for a while and hope for something better to emerge, however this is gamay, and I’m not sure this will get better. The 05 lapierre Morgan I had last month was just fantastic in comparison with at least a few years left in the tank, so it is worth keeping them.
 
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Another super wine tonight (and a better showing from Desvignes than Mark's above).

2018 Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon La Voute St Vincent - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (6/28/2020)
Very nice - so much fruit, but delivered in such a refined way. Attractively seasoned with spice, and reasonably persistent. Cool and refreshing @ 12.5% but in no way lean or green. This feels completely ready now, although interested to see how it might taste in the future. Great value @ £15.95. (90 pts.)

When do 2019s start to be released?
 
Having now tried at least one example from each of Thivin, Thevenet (both), Breton, Desvignes, Lapierre, Bouland, Cambon, Piron, and Chignard (and in some cases, multiple cuvées), I have to say that 2018 would be (at least one of) my favourite vintage(s) of the last 15 years or so. Even the bottles that haven't been superb (the Thivin and Bouland have been) have still been very good.

Another super wine tonight (and a better showing from Desvignes than Mark's above).
2018 Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon La Voute St Vincent
I had the Morgon Montpelain recently and felt similarly impressed.
 
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William Kelley posted on Wine Berserkers that 2019 is shaping up to be fresher than '17 and '18, and will be of interest to those who like '16 (as he does, apparently). I hope that's true of Burgundy too.
 
Foillard’s 2018 Côte de Py was much denser and riper than any other vintages I’ve had of this wine. The alcohol at 14.5 sticks out a bit too. It wasn’t bad but not quite what I was expecting.
Hoping it was an atypical bottle (1st from the case) or that it just needs some time to settle down.
 
I drank the regular Morgon 18 from Foillard at the weekend and it was drinking surprisingly well, the CdP generally needs a few years in bottle, so I hope that’s all it is as I’ve a case stuck away
 
Had this last night. On opening it tasted a bit simple and all over the place. Acidity a bit too high and fruit a bit dum. However in the time it took me to cook dinner it had come together and was actually really enjoyable, lots of cherry fruit and the acidity was spot on, with a duck breast and butternut squash cooked in the fat with chilli. I think I’d leave the other bottle I have of this for a while as think it needs a bit of time.

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