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Vinformation – Gamay Some Lovin’

The red wines of Beaujolais are perfect reds for summer drinking. Most of us are aware of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ and its novel appeal but there are 10 ‘Crus’ in the region that can produce some seriously good wines. Some, like Brouilly and Fleurie, are names that are familiar to most wine drinkers. However if you delve deeper in to the likes of Morgon, Moulin a Vent and Chénas you can find some superb wines that offer excellent value. The red grape variety here is Gamay and top soils can vary from cru to cru and include sand and slate; though what influences the region’s finest reds is the underlying granite of this volcanic area that can give the wines produced from older vines their excellent structure and complexity. Chénas is one of the most northerly crus and has lost some of its better vineyards to neighbouring Moulin-A-Vent but that’s not to say that good wines still can’t be found here, as I discovered last week when trying this tasty little number by Chateau de Belleverne. This is a new project set up by Samantha Bailey and Guillaume Letang (a native of Burgundy, the region that Beaujolais falls under) of Domaine Boutinot. This duo is responsible for a few other super value wines on my list and yet again, they have surpassed themselves.

2018 Chénas, Chateau de Belleverne, Beaujolais – RRP £11.75, Offer Price £9.95

“There’s a striking crimson red about the colour of this wine that screams juicy, crunchy black fruit and this is exactly what you get. However there is more to this wine than just a fruit bomb as there are also pepper and mineral aromas. Fuller than you might expect on the palate but this is balanced beautifully with the fresh dark fruit.” JW

Days of Wine & Rosé

Now if you are thinking of having something loosely based on the above title you might want to check out this absolute bargain of a Rosé magnum from the Côtes du Rhône. It’s Domaine Boutinot again here but this time the winemaking is in the hands of the hugely talented Julian Dugas, who I spent a couple of very enjoyable days in the company of when visiting Cairanne a few years ago. One particularly strong memory is stopping for brunch in woodland just outside one of the vineyards and underneath a picnic table laid a cooler box that housed a couple of ice cold bottles of this very rosé. It may have been 11am but this elegant refreshment didn’t touch the sides with us visiting wine merchants. The wine is a blend of mainly Grenache with a little touch of Cinsault and Syrah. The style is very Provençal as they practice the same ‘Rosé de presse’ method (using the primary liquid from a gentle press to the grapes) that is executed by the best producers in Provence. These magnums are perfect for garden parties or gatherings at the beach or park.

2019 Côtes du Rhône Rosé ‘Les Cerisiers’, Domaine Boutinot, Rhône MAGNUM – RRP £19.75, Offer Price £15.95 per Magnum

“Classic pale, salmon pink in colour and delicate perfumed aromas of raspberry and red cherry. Excellent structure and lovely red fruit on the finish which is dry but incredibly moreish. Outstanding value!” JW

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