(2016) Described by Lautent as a difficult vintage with frost, hail and a very small crop. Pleasing delicate briar and meaty nuances to the quite solid black and red fruit. Fine sweetness and elegance of the fruit, quite charming with a touch of sappiness and an edge of endive bittersweetness and espresso, making it quite Pinot-like. Not so Beaujolais, but it is lovely.
(2016) When Laurent arrived, the wine from this Chateau was made in big old wooden vats, but to ensure quality and consistency Laurent changed those to steel, but matures the wines with 5% new barrels and 5% older barrels from Latour’s Burgundy cellars. Nice Beaujolais lift of violet and kirsch here, the oak not really evident. It jas real smoothness and elegance on the palate, a very orangey bright acidity, but a nice flowing and elegant freshness of red fruit.
(2016) Spicy and briary, there’s a nice lift to this, but not so much floral as spicy and a touch exotic. Very fine red fruit palate, with a real concentration of fleshy red fruits, a firm tannin background and lovely freshness with the acidity and bittersweet twist of cherry skins and plum skins.
(2016) More lift and fragrance here, a creamy and smooth cherry fruit and none of the earthiness of the Regnie for example. Lovely freshness and cut, more sappiness and freshness, arguably not as much fruit depth as the Brouilly, but I like the elegance and freshness of this.
(2016) From the home of Henry Fessy, where they have their largest vineyard holdings and their biggest cellar. There is an earthiness to this again and a small red fruit character. The palate shows plenty of orange and lemony acidity, plenty of fruit at the core, though fairly straightforward. Long with a touch of spice.
(2016) From 60-year-old vines in their Regenie estate. A lovely nose again, not too much weight or heaviness here – and no oak – but has more power and structure than the Villages, still a little floral lift, but it is more structured, more concentrated and a touch earthy. Quite substantial on the palate, a slightly currant quality of fruit. Fresh and tasty, but perhaps lacking just a touch Beaujolais softness and freshness.
(2016) From a vineyard belonging to the Fessy family. Very appealing lift and cherry freshness, a touch of bubblegum and classic Bojo aromas. The palate has a really nice creamy fruitiness., it is a full and ripe style with a good depth of fruit. Lovely lift and freshness and that violet, kirsch and intense blueberry fruit character. Very delicious.
(2015) This is a Beaujolais Villages wine from vineyards in the village of Lantignié just north of the 'Cru' Régnié. A classic Beaujolais made with semi-carbonic maceration it is delightful stuff, just 12.5% alcohol and cherry-fresh with watercolour paintbox aromas and a sense of sappy, gravelly dryness on the nose. On the palate it is pitch perfect Bojo - soft red fruits, edged with briar and spice, and with a long, fresh finish showing moderate tannins and good, juicy acidity. Would be delightful with roast chicken or turkey.
(2015) OK, it's not the most profound wine of this tasting, but it was absolutely one of my favourites for sheer drinking pleasure. Organically certified Gamay with just 12% alcohol, it is quintessential stuff, with explosive aromas of cherries and red liquorice, sappy young woodland, pepper and a touch of smokiness. In the mouth it is bursting with youthful energy, that crunching red berry fruit, little toughening edge of meaty tannin, and lovely acidity to run alongside the fruit and perfume. I'd happily sip this with roast chicken, turkey, duck or goose.
(2014) The most elevated Cru of Beaujolais is Chiroubles. This comes from a 60-year-old vineyard at 400 metres elevation and is made in stainless steel. The colour is a really saturated crimson, with tight and mineral and green-flecked aromas of racy and sappy red berries. This is peppery, spicy and intriguing. In the mouth lovely energy and tension, with that gravel and mineral edge nudging the fruit into second place, and a long, spice-infused finish.
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