Roz Crowley

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Fleurie gets the juices flowing – wines of the week

The Beaujolais region is often undervalued and for a while, resting on its laurels, deserved its drop from fashionable dinner tables. It’s back again with a bang, and while we have to pay more than we image001.jpgdid for Beaujolais Nouveau which was hyped beyond its worth, value comes with quality. A trio of delicious samples came my way and I was re-converted. Of course the grape of this region is Gamay, often light and for me always a summer red option. The problem is that often there isn’t much fruit on offer and it seems like a watered down version of a good wine. This three proved different.

Moulin-à-Vent – Potel Aviron €17.99 from Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dublin
100% Gamay from 60-year old vines growing in granitic sub-soils in the prestigious Romanèche-Thorin hill in Beaujolais. Not over-oaked, gentle and elegant. After a rest for 14 months in new and old oak, this 2011 is ready now. Summer salads with thin slices of rare beef.20160516_203557.jpg

And how about this one, well drained and sitting in my kitchen waiting for appreciation.

Fleurie La Chapelle de Guinchay €17 Marks & Spencer is a beautifully balanced wine, with a little oomph to take a little smoked duck, beef, a salty strand of Serrano or prosciutto. Fair value.

 

Louis Tete Brouilly is a safe bet from Marks & Spencer at a realistic €17. Plenty of good, ripe fruit for easy drinking and a little perfumed. Fair value. Cheesy salads, light cheeses, beef, chicken, sausages –general picnic foods.

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This entry was posted on May 16, 2016 by in Other, Roz's Raves, Wine, Wine of the Week and tagged , , , , , , .

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