Let’s ease our manner into the brand new yr with one thing mild, scrumptious, simple to drink, and cheap. Let’s increase a glass to — and with — Beaujolais.
The area simply south of Burgundy (some take into account it a part of Burgundy) is the house of the still-underappreciated Gamay grape, which produces every part from the much-hyped Beaujolais Nouveau to the extra substantial and infrequently age-worthy “cru” Beaujolais, which take the names of the 10 villages the place these site-specific wines are produced. Morgon, Fleurie, and Chiroubles are only a few of them.
After which there may be the wine labeled merely “Beaujolais,” a form of catch-all appellation for wines produced (and blended) from wherever within the area. Though not very excessive within the hierarchy, plain previous Beaujolais can rise effectively above its official standing and showcase scrumptious wines you could purchase for cut price costs.
Certainly one of them is Louis Jadot’s pleasant and expressive 2019 Beaujolais. Jadot is without doubt one of the oldest and most well-known Burgundy négociants, with a portfolio of effectively over 100 wines, in any respect ranges, from Burgundy and Beaujolais. Its 2019 Beaujolais drinks extra like a lighter cru wine — maybe a Brouilly — than the comparatively high-volume bottling that it’s.
Actually, Kobrand, the U.S. importer, notes that Jadot’s “beneficiant” use of “mixing wines of a better classification to raise the mix promotes high quality and worth.” The standard and worth shortly develop into clear on this $12 wine.
Contemporary and fruit-driven with aromas and tastes of strawberry, raspberry, and a touch of Maraschino cherry, there’s additionally a peppery observe that punctuates the fruit and simply sufficient tannic construction to make it attention-grabbing. The wine is made with partial carbonic maceration, a way generally utilized in Beaujolais.
Crisp however balanced acidity make it an incredible companion for a spread of lighter meals. It was excellent with a savory veal stew made with numerous dill however, importantly, with out cream, which might most likely overpower this wine.