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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > FRANCE: Beaujolais

Winner Details

FRANCE: Beaujolais

2018 Gold 0        Silver 3               Bronze 3             Commended 4
2017 Gold 3        Silver 3               Bronze 2             Commended 7

Beaujolais is one of the most up and down parts of the Sommelier Wine Awards. It tends to be either several Golds (with lots of Silvers that could have been upgraded) or none at all. And sadly, this was a ‘down’ year.

There were some good wines – mostly cru wines – but again (and stop us if you’ve heard this before) the pricing is decidedly toppy. Two years ago we had two Gold cru wines under a tenner. It seems a long time ago. Though congrats to Château du Moulin-à-Vent, which seems to do well most years.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘We saw a step up with the crus. Beaujolais can be trendy, and the value for money is here. People will be blown away by the quality. Now, on the cru wines, it’s totally more in the Burgundy style.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘I’m smiling just talking about it. The full expression of Gamay when the producer has something more linked to terroir. It’s not just bubble gum, fruit and sugar, these are more serious wines, and very good value for money.’ Simon Cassina, Winexponent

‘Beaujolais is something that people should look for with Burgundy being so ridiculously expensive. I’m seeing a pick up in cru Beaujolais at the restaurant. It isn’t just all about freshness and youth, the crus should be taken seriously.’ Andrés Ituarte, Coq d’Argent

‘The first few [AC Beaujolais] wines were similar. Easy going, tutti frutti, gastropub style. The more expensive wines were more complex, but I’m not sure I’d pay this kind of money for them.’ Edgaras Kazokaitis, Roka Aldwych

Award winners

Found 10 wines

France: Beaujolais

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Plush body, good winemaking here,’ said Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, who enjoyed the ‘moderate wood integration, nutmeg and spice hints, long length and medium tannins’.

£16.25 Liberty Wines

Louis Jadot, Gamay/Pinot Noir, Coteaux Bourguignons 2016, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Medium-bodied with a delicate nature,’ said Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, who liked this wine’s ‘soft red fruit aromas, violet and wet earth palate with garden berries dominating’.

£8.96 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Louis Jadot, Château des Jacques, Clos de Rochegrès, Moulin-à-Vent 2011, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Smells as though it has some age – and looks like it too,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, before admiring its ‘old wooden furniture character, tobacco and vanilla, making this very seductive with a long, tertiary finish. Super: un-Beaujolais’.

£18.44 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Domaine Lucien Lardy, Les Roches, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A restrained style, but good and enjoyable now, as well as having some ageing potential,’ began Winexponent’s Simon Cassina, with Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte noting ‘ripe red fruits, nice purity with bigger body and secondary flavours of earthy minerals and some leather on the finish’.

£12.50 Bibendum

Domaine Cheysson, Clos les Farges, Chiroubles 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Maturing aromas of cherry and wild strawberry, earthy notes too,’ said Edgaras Kazokaitis of Roka Aldwych, while finding it ‘more complex on the palate, with soft tannins and balanced acidity’.

£12.45 Bibendum

Boutinot, Château de Belleverne, Beaujolais-Villages 2016, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Sweet red fruit aromas, notes of kirsch, banana, candy floss and gentle mulberry perfume,’ began Edgaras Kazokaitis of Roka Aldwych, noting ‘flavours not too pronounced, but it’s light and appealing’.

£6.68 Boutinot

Olivier Ravier, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Château de Durette, Morgon 2017, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Privilège, Coteaux Bourguignons 2016, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£9.08 Oedoria

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Rouge 2016, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£8.92 Oedoria

 

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