Mr. Duboeuf describes the vintage as " Complex, generous dark fruit aromas with hints of kirsch, hearty,full-bodied, fleshy and structured on the palate, with a smooth finish".
The 2009 BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES will retail for $9.99 on the shelf and will be available later in the year. The wines are presently being introduced to the trade.
Thanks to WJ Deutsch, the distributor of Beaujolais-Villages, I was given a Sneak Preview. A sample bottle of the 2009 Beaujolais-Villages arrived at my door unannounced (Thank You M.Young Communications) .
The chemist, in me, said that it was time to examine the contents of the bottle and see if George Duboeuf's statements that this is "THE VINTAGE OF A LIFETIME" is accurate. Mr. Duboeuf also refers to the vintage as 'THE VINTAGE OF THE SUN', due to last year's superb weather.
BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES is the name of a group of 38 villages that comprise the winemaking areas that produce this 'Superior' wine.
'Superior' refers to greater complexity in bouquet, higher concentration and deeper flavor.
The Appellation is A.O.C. BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES
A.O.C. Status was given in April, 1950.
The single varietal used is 100% GAMAY.
The 38 vineyard's altitude ranges from 800 to 1500 feet.
15,000 acres are utilized for this vintage.
The soil is granite with occasional sand.
The vines are harvested manually, whole bunches, unstemmed.
Alcohol level is 12.5%.
Residual Sugar is 1.5g/750ml.
There is a marked RICHNESS and FULLNESS that makes this wine stand apart from Beaujolais-Villages of the past. Possibly the outstanding bouquet of strawberry and black currant tantalize the nose, combined with the velvety, soft-tannins and concentrated fruit flavors that overpower your palate.
BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES needs to be served CHILLED.
The wine is a magnet for various foods, especially pasta, pizza, chicken breast and hors d' oeuvres.
The 2009 BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES will be known as a true 'CLASSIC' wine for centuries to come.
Next week, I will join George Duboeuf in New York to taste "THE VINTAGE OF A LIFETIME".
I can't wait to "TASTE THE SUN"
PHILIP S. KAMPE