Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages 2009

Posted: April 23, 2012 in France
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Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages

Vintage: 2009

Country: France

Region: Beaujolais


Overview: Beaujolais is by far one of my favourite styles of wine. If a masked gunman held a gun to my head and forced me to choose the one style of wine to drink for the rest of my days I would choose Beaujolais. It is a region that overlaps with Rhone and Burgundy but is considered separate from both. The grape used to produce Beaujolais is Gamay. I’m not sure if there is a word like onomatopoeia that, instead of meaning a word that sounds like it spelt, means it taste like it sounds, but for some odd reason I find that Gamay tastes like it sounds. I have created my on term called onomatosippa. Typical characters of Beaujolais are strawberries, pepper and strawberry yoghurt.

Beaujolais uses a winemaking technique called carbonic maceration, when harvested the grapes are poured into vats. Gravity causes the skins of the bottom third of the grapes to split and the juice ferments in the skins of the fruit. Carbon Dioxide, a by-product of the fermentation process, rises through the vat and permeates the skin of the unbroken grapes to create a ferment within the individual berries.

I’ve notice that there are people who vehemently hate Beaujolais, when I’ve probed for details I have discovered their only interaction with the style is Nouveau. Nouveau is released very young for ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’, which is a Beaujolais harvest festival of sorts, and is very light and supposed to be drunk as young as possible. Thus by the time a Nouveau Beaujolais reaches our shores it is past its prime.

The Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais in this review is a Village which sits between Nouveau and Grand Cru.

Tasting note: A nose of strawberry and white pepper, it is typically lighter in style with the characters of strawberry and white pepper as the dominate flavours on the palate and are joined by spice and soft tannins.  


Final Say: This is one of the best value Beaujolais’ I have tasted, you can pick it up for around $18 a bottle. It’s a light style and goes with a range of dishes from salads to pork and can be chilled.


Score: 17.5 out of 20 (88 out of 100) A damn good drop.

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Jack Davis

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