$30, 5 stars, 92 points, beaujolais, france, gamay, moulin-a-vent, VWTC
The surprise WOTN at our 31st virtual tasting was this cru Beaujolais made from old vine Gamay grapes. I was expecting a bit of tannic grip from previous experiences but it turned out just lovely. The wine is medium garnet colored with high viscosity (14% ABV). The nose gave us aromas of cherry coke, dark cherries, ripe/cooked strawberry and was noted as fruity- like a Jolly Rancher. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) tannins that are plush and well integrated. Medium bodied- this wine had flavors of cherry, intense ripe strawberry and the aforementioned candy notes. I suspect partial Carbonic maceration but they have vinified the bulk traditionally to maintain structure for cellaring capacity. It’s delicious and a star of the tasting. I gave it 16 points on our score sheet and would go as high as 92 points for this $30 wine making it a 5 star bottle to drink till 2028. Salut….