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FRANCE: Beaujolais

2015: Gold 0 Silver 1 Bronze 3 Commended 6
2014: Gold 0 Silver 4 Bronze 1 Commended 3

Following the dizzy heights of a few years ago, when it was spurred on by the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages, Beaujolais’ miserable run of weather since then has been reflected in tumbling medals. Sommeliers like it and can see a use for it, particularly with red Burgundy prices where they are, but the weather gods need to deliver.

From the Tasting Teams

‘Because of the preconception that it is easy, fruity and quaffable, it makes it difficult to sell pricier Beaujolais. But the higher end are wines for wood pigeon, quail, game birds – foods which people think are Pinot-ish, but where quality Beaujolais can do very well.’ Mya Brown, Vinoteca Marylebone

‘Good Beaujolais is an easy sell on a sunny day, so you are looking for juicy fruit, good Gamay freshness, and you should think about chilling it when it’s warm and making a feature of the wines.’
Laszlo Vagasi, Kensington Wine Rooms

Award winners

Found 10 wines

France: Beaujolais

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Prestige, Beaujolais Rouge 2013, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant found this example a ‘big, red berry fruit bomb’, while Claire Love of Loves Restaurant enjoyed its ‘concentrated, dark red and youthful black fruits, with some really interesting raspberry leaf flavours and vanilla creamy notes’.

£10.75 Bulles Blanc Rouge

Duboeuf, Château de la Perrière, Brouilly 2012, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Clean and medium intensity, bright red fruits with a creamy touch and floral components of violets and lilac on the nose,’ began team leader Olivier Marie, continuing: ‘Palate is balanced and bright, with a pleasant saline minerality.’

£9.45 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Marcel Lapierre, Morgon 2013, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Concentrated and perfumed red, with delicate cranberry and jasmine fruit, and a hint of vanilla spice. Delicate and well made,’ said Claire Love of Loves Restaurant. ‘Pure varietal character, great structure and delicious finish,’ agreed Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone.

£14.98 Bibendum

Boutinot, Les Pivoines, Beaujolais Villages 2013, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Good mouthfeel, minty and not too long, well made for the price,’ began consultant Caroline Symington, with team leader Olivier Marie adding: ‘Nice aromatics, red peony and rose with iris and lilac notes, soft easy drinking with a note of granitic minerality.’

£5.55 Boutinot

Oedoria, Château Gaillard, Morgon 2013, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

Franck Cinquin, Domaine des Braves, Régnié 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine du Vissoux, Poncié Fleurie 2013, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

£12.37 Enotria&Coe

Duboeuf, Clos des Quatre Vents, Fleurie 2011, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Duboeuf, Jean Descombes, Morgon 2011, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

Duboeuf, Château des Vierres, Beaujolais Villages 2012, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner


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