Beaujolais 2018 -how good?

Not sure if it's an answerable question, but which of your range do you think would appeal most to forumites?
I'm rather wary of drifting into advertising my/our own wines, which is certainly not my aim in being a member of the forum. It's also hard to recommend any one producer as Beaujolais is a region where I would buy far, far more widely if it were commercially possible; there are just so many fantastic producers and we only work with a small handful. I think most of the people we list are well known by forumites but would suggest that the brother and sister pairing at Desvignes perhaps deserve a little more recognition than they receive, particularly for their two Javernières cuvées. I know that Jasper purchases their top cuvée (Les Impénitents) on an annual basis and gives it at least 10 to 15 years in the cellar, and I have been fortunate to enjoy some of these mature wines. Louis-Claude was an excellent winemaker and his children have carried on his legacy. They are converting to organic having worked pretty much to those methods for many years but without certification. No weedkiller since 2004 and no chemical treatments since 2009. the wines have perhaps a little more approachability in youth than under the previous generation, although that might arguably be a function of recent vintages rather than winemaking changes.
 
I'm rather wary of drifting into advertising my/our own wines, which is certainly not my aim in being a member of the forum. It's also hard to recommend any one producer as Beaujolais is a region where I would buy far, far more widely if it were commercially possible; there are just so many fantastic producers and we only work with a small handful. I think most of the people we list are well known by forumites but would suggest that the brother and sister pairing at Desvignes perhaps deserve a little more recognition than they receive, particularly for their two Javernières cuvées. I know that Jasper purchases their top cuvée (Les Impénitents) on an annual basis and gives it at least 10 to 15 years in the cellar, and I have been fortunate to enjoy some of these mature wines. Louis-Claude was an excellent winemaker and his children have carried on his legacy. They are converting to organic having worked pretty much to those methods for many years but without certification. No weedkiller since 2004 and no chemical treatments since 2009. the wines have perhaps a little more approachability in youth than under the previous generation, although that might arguably be a function of recent vintages rather than winemaking changes.
and they will have additional volume from new hectares starting with the 2020 vintage...
 
One more for the list. Obviously a winner.


  • 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (5/7/2021)
    Nose of raspberry, violets, some cinnamon spice, just a slight hint of carbonic banana notes

    Palate. This is so delicious. Rich generous dark summer fruit, brambly, some pepper, a little mineral kick. Crisp acidity.

    I’ve had quite a lot of the 2017 vintage but this feels like a step up. Such a likeable wine. (93 pts.)
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Damn it! I was doing so well with my no-wine-purchases, but now after reading this thread I've done a "drive-by click-fest" on TWS and pretty much ordered every Beaujolais they have.

Really enjoyed their mixed case recently, so now I've taken it up a level and said "just give me everything".
Last year I did that with the 2018’s, I’m looking now for 2019 and the names are largely different, except for Burgaud, who I know well and produce quite sturdy wines which can be good after a few years to soften, but as I’m now on an Italy kick, I’m up for hearing how these new producers are when you’ve tried a few
 
@Simon Wheeler - I will indeed report back. We've got a few boozy afternoons coming up with friends where these wines will be getting a good kicking. I have to say I took a huge amount of pleasure from the last TWS mixed case - probably exponentially more than I would have expected given the price.

I'm trying to not spend as much money on wine these days so Beaujolais gives me that "almost Burg" hit.... to be honest I'm just sick of spending 40 quid or more on Pinot - I love the stuff but with 3 kids who are becoming more and more expensive to feed/cloth/educate I see my future in Morgon rather than Vosne (much to my tearful regret)
 
2019 is a little more variable than 2018, but the wines are more in line with my personal taste, ie. with a bit more freshness and energy. I found some 2018s sometimes sailed a little close to the overripeness I disliked in 2015. Of course, the best growers tend to make good wines regardless of vintage. It's a little simplistic but in warmer years the Beaujolais tends to look more towards the northern Rhône with darker fruit and a pepper character, whereas cooler years take on a red fruit character which more closely resembles Burgundy. I've tasted very little 2020 so far, so would rather not pronounce too definitively. What little I have tasted has suggested another good vintage from a warm summer, probably in the Rhône mould but with good freshness.
 
Took one for the team....

THE WINE SOCIETY: BEAUJOLAIS WINES - (10/05/2021-20/05/2021)

Ordered a load of Beaujolais from The Wine Society in the UK - was really impressed by their selection.... and the more Beaujolais I drink the less Burgundy I buy.
  • 2019 Coudert Brouilly - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly (11/05/2021)
    Took some time to open up, but this is great value with a lean and precise palate that veers more towards Burgundy than Beaujolais.... tight on the tannins but with an open finish. Lovely stuff - really elegant.
  • 2019 Philippe Guérin Moulin-à-Vent Les Thorins Domaine du Moulin d'Eole - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (13/05/2021)
    Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
  • 2019 Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (19/05/2021)
    Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
  • 2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (19/05/2021)
    Compared to the 2018 (a quite delicious and luxurious experience) the 2019 is like walking out of a warm and decadent opium den into cool London air at 6am on a Sunday morning. Invigorating and refreshing, this is strapped back and almost like drinking water after brushing your teeth. All things are relative of course - there is layers of black fruit and sticky tannins but what elevates this is the freshness - already quite brilliant. This is a lot of wine for £13. Thirteen quid. Thirteen. 13.
  • 2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié (19/05/2021)
    Structured and quite dense with damson fruit and black fruits on the palate - incredibly enjoyable now but this has time on its side. Very much in an "on-the-fruit" moment right now - a couple of years will really elevate this into something more than the sum of its parts. This reeks of quality - it just deserves the respect to be left alone for a while.
  • 2020 The Wine Society Fleurie Exhibition - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie (19/05/2021)
    Young and fairly generic at the moment - it has depth and elements of structure but could benefit from 1-2 years in the cellar.
  • 2020 Pierre David Beaujolais-Villages Château d'Emeringes Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages (19/05/2021)
    Punchy, fresh and tarte - very much in the classic young Beaujolais frame right now. However, the 2018 I had recently was much broader on the palate... maybe just needs time. Of course, this is perfect as it is for charcuterie in a brasserie watching the world go by.
  • 2020 Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Quincie - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais (19/05/2021)
    Fresh, punchy and way too young right now - needs to easy into its skin a little bit. A year or two will do the trick.
  • 2018 Trénel Fils Beaujolais-Villages - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages (19/05/2021)
    Loved this - screw cap (bravo!), super fresh but has a clarity and poise and a touch of depth that makes this more than a mouth-puckering-teeth-sucking wine. Crushed red fruit and a fresh tannic finish. Really loved this - perfect summer red.
  • 2018 Jacques Depagneux Juliénas Domaine du Greffeur - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Juliénas (19/05/2021)
    Ah man, what unexpected pleasure. £10 buys you a ticket to a ride with so much pleasure you need to double check and say "but you mean I get the whole bottle for this price?"

    Gritty, earthy yet also ripe with a not-quite-ripe-not-quite-austere feel on the palate... at times high tones raspberries, and then at times black fruit, mushrooms. Stupid value.
  • 2018 Domaine de la Plaigne Régnié - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié (19/05/2021)
    Structured and firm right now ( a good thing in my mind) with black fruits and a rigid structure. Good potential - interesting to come back again in 2-3 years. Great value, with balance and much potential.

The more Beaujolais I drink the more I realise this is a region of nuance, terroir and spectacular value. Seriously impressive wines with the ability to age, but also be very enjoyable in their youth.
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Ah, another fan of the unobtainable Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" - I might be getting some direct from the domaine, as my wife's a big fan.
It is already sold out at TWS (I am right now greedily ordering cases rather than single bottles of wines above).
I'm really enjoying my BoJos at the moment - there is a lack of monetary guilt that is quite liberating...if i dont like a bottle then it will be saved for cooking.
 
Took one for the team....

THE WINE SOCIETY: BEAUJOLAIS WINES - (10/05/2021-20/05/2021)

Ordered a load of Beaujolais from The Wine Society in the UK - was really impressed by their selection.... and the more Beaujolais I drink the less Burgundy I buy.
  • 2019 Coudert Brouilly - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Brouilly (11/05/2021)
    Took some time to open up, but this is great value with a lean and precise palate that veers more towards Burgundy than Beaujolais.... tight on the tannins but with an open finish. Lovely stuff - really elegant.
  • 2019 Philippe Guérin Moulin-à-Vent Les Thorins Domaine du Moulin d'Eole - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (13/05/2021)
    Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
  • 2019 Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (19/05/2021)
    Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great value.
  • 2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (19/05/2021)
    Compared to the 2018 (a quite delicious and luxurious experience) the 2019 is like walking out of a warm and decadent opium den into cool London air at 6am on a Sunday morning. Invigorating and refreshing, this is strapped back and almost like drinking water after brushing your teeth. All things are relative of course - there is layers of black fruit and sticky tannins but what elevates this is the freshness - already quite brilliant. This is a lot of wine for £13. Thirteen quid. Thirteen. 13.
  • 2019 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié (19/05/2021)
    Structured and quite dense with damson fruit and black fruits on the palate - incredibly enjoyable now but this has time on its side. Very much in an "on-the-fruit" moment right now - a couple of years will really elevate this into something more than the sum of its parts. This reeks of quality - it just deserves the respect to be left alone for a while.
  • 2020 The Wine Society Fleurie Exhibition - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie (19/05/2021)
    Young and fairly generic at the moment - it has depth and elements of structure but could benefit from 1-2 years in the cellar.
  • 2020 Pierre David Beaujolais-Villages Château d'Emeringes Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages (19/05/2021)
    Punchy, fresh and tarte - very much in the classic young Beaujolais frame right now. However, the 2018 I had recently was much broader on the palate... maybe just needs time. Of course, this is perfect as it is for charcuterie in a brasserie watching the world go by.
  • 2020 Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Quincie - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais (19/05/2021)
    Fresh, punchy and way too young right now - needs to easy into its skin a little bit. A year or two will do the trick.
  • 2018 Trénel Fils Beaujolais-Villages - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages (19/05/2021)
    Loved this - screw cap (bravo!), super fresh but has a clarity and poise and a touch of depth that makes this more than a mouth-puckering-teeth-sucking wine. Crushed red fruit and a fresh tannic finish. Really loved this - perfect summer red.
  • 2018 Jacques Depagneux Juliénas Domaine du Greffeur - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Juliénas (19/05/2021)
    Ah man, what unexpected pleasure. £10 buys you a ticket to a ride with so much pleasure you need to double check and say "but you mean I get the whole bottle for this price?"

    Gritty, earthy yet also ripe with a not-quite-ripe-not-quite-austere feel on the palate... at times high tones raspberries, and then at times black fruit, mushrooms. Stupid value.
  • 2018 Domaine de la Plaigne Régnié - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Régnié (19/05/2021)
    Structured and firm right now ( a good thing in my mind) with black fruits and a rigid structure. Good potential - interesting to come back again in 2-3 years. Great value, with balance and much potential.

The more Beaujolais I drink the more I realise this is a region of nuance, terroir and spectacular value. Seriously impressive wines with the ability to age, but also be very enjoyable in their youth.
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Good effort Paul and thank you.
 
Great notes Paul, thank you! I've tucked away a few different bottles, including the Coudert Brouilly, and pleased to see your view that they'll keep (and indeed improve) over the next few years. That said, perhaps I should and would enjoy young Beaujo this summer... the burden of already having lots of wine!!!
 
2019 Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (19/05/2021)
Took 20 minutes to broaden out and lose a bit of a burnt toast notes, but then this spread out into a beautifully balanced but structured Beaujolais. Fragrant cherry and mushroom notes cut through with a touch of strawberry. Earthy, grippy. Great

Ah, another fan of the unobtainable Domaine du Moulin d'Éole Moulin-à-Vent "Les Thorins" - I might be getting some direct from the domaine, as my wife's a big fan.

Just noticed this wine is one of TWS champions this year.
Alex, at £12.50 I wonder what you’ll save buying directly, be good to know.
 
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I’m still having the occasional repeat bottle that I tried last year. Most are less exuberant than before but no sign of shutting down. I suspect they will mostly become less interesting over then next couple of years before starting to come into their own, depending on Cru and producer, over the following 5+ years.
 
I drunk JM Burgaud Morgon Grands Cras 2019, over the last two evenings. It's a very nice wine and drinking well I thought. Obviously years ahead. Whilst I'm never going to love gamey like some of you seem to, it was a welcome change.
 
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