2009 Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Charmes
France, Beaujolais 13% Cork $29.95
Stepping things up, the Les Charmes vineyard is 75 years of age and this wine is an altogether more serious expression of the Gamay grape. There’s some real depth here; greater emphasis on meat, earth, minerals and dark fruit with florals taking a back seat.
Quite a pool of flavour for such a light bodied wine. Some sweet red fruits assert themselves shortly after entry and play foil to the more sombre elements present. A curious splash of crushed apple and yellow pear works its way into the palate, lingering on the finish. It’s quite juicy but ultra fine, stemmy tannins dry things up and pucker the mouth slightly.
Without any oak influence, the fruit is free to do the talking. A captivating little number which kept improving as the bottle drained.
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