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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > FRANCE: Beaujolais

Winner Details

FRANCE: Beaujolais

2017 Gold: 3 Silver: 3 Bronze: 2 Commended: 7
2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 2 Bronze: 4 Commended: 5

OK. Where do you stand on the big issues of the day, such as Fake News, Brexit and, er, carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The region has been at least partly defined by the latter down the years, but happily it seems to be moving away from that and, with a good vintage in the bottle, our tasters were largely happy with what they got here.

Given the stellar nature of 2015 we might have expected a bit more ‘wow factor’, but this was still a consistent, and well-priced section of this year’s competition. And as prices of Bourgogne Rouge head relentlessly north, it’s a style that we’re sure you’ll be buying (and selling) more of in the years to come. Particularly the cru wines. The value here was astonishing.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘On our list we have presented Beaujolais next to Burgundy, and as the prices of the latter go off into the sunset, it’s getting more popular. The two are not really that similar stylistically, but they’re not too big a stretch for Burgundy lovers either.’ Hamish Anderson, Tate Catering

‘Obviously, it’s a good vintage, but you really could see the difference of the crus, too. They were very diverse.’ Mattin Larraburu, Sexy Fish

‘There were some fantastic representations of Beaujolais here. At this price it punches above its weight. I’m a bit scared that the US will latch on to Beaujolais and it will get to Burgundy prices. Most of these were at the £7-£11 mark – great value for money.’ Kelvin McCabe, Yauatcha

 

‘I gave better marks for the simple wines than the more expensive ones.’ Agustin Trapero, Avenue

Award winners

Found 15 wines

France: Beaujolais

Louis Jadot, Gamay/Pinot Noir, Coteaux Bourguignons 2015, Burgundy, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Typifying the best of what this region has to offer, this Gold winner had, according to Agustin Trapero of Avenue, ‘raspberry fruit, green plums and wet rock minerals on a medium-bodied wine with a soft finish’, while team leader Sam Caporn MW noted ‘red fruits, good structure, decent length and balance’. Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club thought ‘sweet spice and light liquorice notes, and a complex body with rich cherry fruit’ made this a perfect match for grilled fish.

£12.15 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Château de Belleverne, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

In praise of this Gold medal-winning entry-level Beaujolais, Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson spoke of a ‘deep, vibrant, appealing colour’, going on to find a ‘huge amount of fruit, plum and blackberry, with a nice bit of grip bringing it together, but keeping it juicy and fun’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald described this as ‘a real crowd-pleaser, with strawberry, red cherry and rose notes’, while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club appreciated ‘perfumed raspberry and sweet spice, with some gentle, herbal, smoked aromas’, suggesting this be paired with roast pork and apple sauce.

£6.59 Boutinot

La Madone, La Reine de l'Arenite, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

La Madone took Gold for its freshness and beautiful structure, with Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish finding the palate ‘very soft with nice acid balance and a minty fresh note’, while team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its ‘fresh aromas of red cherry and marzipan, soft red fruits with drying minerals and tannins’. ‘Rich spices, a light balsamic note and an elegant finish’ made this a match for pasta, according to Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club.

£7.79 Boutinot

Henry Fessy, Château des Labourons, Fleurie 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘Very pretty on the nose,’ began Mattin Larraburu of Sexy Fish, highlighting its ‘bilberry, blackcurrant and chocolate’ aromas followed by a ‘juicy, opulent palate with smooth and dense texture and a rounded finish’. ‘Maybe one that needs a bit of bottle age,’ added Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce.

£10.95 Louis Latour Agencies

Château de Belleverne, Le Cru des Amoureux, St-Amour 2015, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

‘It’s all that a good Beaujolais should be,’ declared Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce. ‘Floral notes, packed with red and a bit of dark fruit, moderate tannins and acidity but good texture, too, complemented by savoury notes on the finish.’

£8.28 Boutinot

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Privilège, Coteaux Bourguignons 2015, Burgundy, France

Silver medal winner

‘Great nose of aromatic, fresh-crushed cranberries and green banana,’ began Agustin Trapero of Avenue, with Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson enjoying its ‘fruit-driven, blackcurrant and jam nose, lovely line of acidity and a whisper of tannin’, concluding simply: ‘Yum.’

£8.67 Oedoria

Château de Belleverne, Chénas 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

A ‘good BBQ quaffing wine’, said Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce, who found it ‘simple and pleasant, but with very good length and juicy, crunchy fruit with some minerality’. ‘Soft cherry fruit, soft tannins and medium length, supple and juicy,’ added team leader Tom Forrest.

£7.17 Boutinot

Château de Corcelles, Brouilly 2015, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A very good expression of Beaujolais,’ said Daniele Di Blasio of Pollen Street Social, admiring its ‘very berry fruit on the nose, lively and enjoyable palate and beautiful balance’. ‘Easy drinking yet not simple, very nice,’ added Sara Bachiorri of Chez Bruce.

£11.36 Matthew Clark

Henry Fessy, Château des Reyssiers, Régnié 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Domaine Les Roches Bleues, Réserve des Vieilles Vignes, Côte de Brouilly 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£7.83 Boutinot

Boutinot, Domaine Les Roches Bleues, Le Cru du Volcan, Brouilly 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£7.62 Boutinot

Domaine Cheysson, Clos Les Farges, Chiroubles 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£11.23 Bibendum

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais Rouge 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Oedoria

Château de Corcelles, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£9.86 Matthew Clark

Domaine Olivier Ravier, Beaujolais-Villages 2015, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

 

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