This Beaujolais Villages performed well. It wasn’t outstanding, that’s for sure, and probably I wouldn’t recommend it. Unless it’s for someone studying about carbonic maceration. In fact, this wine was exactly as it should be: with its banana and bubblegum flavours you’ll never forget how a Beaujolais should taste.
Information: Beaujolais Villages
- Variety: Gamay
- Vintage: 2014
- Producer: Louis Jadot
- Appellation: Beaujolais Villages
- Region / Country: Beaujolais, France
WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine©
- Clarity: clear
- Intensity: medium
- Colour: ruby
- Condition: clean
- Intensity: medium (-)
- Aroma characteristics: red fruits (strawberry, cherry, raspberry), a little spicy and with nuances of banana and bubblegum
- Development: youthful
- Sweetness: dry
- Acidity: medium (+)
- Tannin: medium (-)
- Alcohol: medium
- Body: medium
- Flavour intensity: medium (-)
- Flavour characteristics: cherry, banana, bubblegum
- Finish: medium
- Quality level: acceptable
- Level of readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now: not suitable for further ageing
I enjoyed this Beaujolais Villages because of its freshness, bubblegum character and lightness. It’s not what we call a “meditation wine” but it’s certainly a good pairing for an aperitif, or a light meal.
At Louis Jadot they might not be the owners of a romantic little winery but they definitely know what they do, and this is not a simple Beaujolais but a Villages, one step forward to a premium one.
On the other hand, as mentioned above, it’s a good example of wines with a carbonic maceration character, so it’s a must-drink for whoever is studying about wine production.
Also, Gamay it’s a great variety to raise your confidence levels: once you’ve tasted a couple of them, if you were paying attention, you might recognise them again in a blind taste. And that’s definitely something we all wannabe wine experts adore.
Finally, I like Beaujolais. It’s a serious wine often not taken seriously, and I can relate to it.