To celebrate summer we have the perfect case of wine and hamper to enjoy over what we hope will be the sunny days ahead.
It’s a mixed case of Beaujolais including a bottle of each of the famous ‘crus’ including Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Régnié and the romantically named Saint Amour, along with a bottle each of Beaujolais blanc and rosé (full details below)*
Alongside it we have a hamper of the kind of goodies you find in the Beaujoalis region including saucisson, rosette and charcuterie from Charcuterie Bobosse, a pot of Cardons de St-George de Reneins, a jar of caramelised onions, a bottle each of peanut oil and quince vinegar from the Beaujeu oil mill, a box of Bouchons Beaujolais (praline), a jar of peach coulis and a bottle of artisanal syrop from ‘La Saison de Rosalie and two pots of jam bringing the total value of the prize to over £250.
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Details of the wines
1. Beaujolais White, Jean-Pierre Large L’Exception 2013, £9.00 Savage Selection
Grapes pressurised immediately after arriving to cave
Tasting notes: A very crisp and steely dry expression of the chardonnay grape from southern Burgundy, this wine is perfect for charcuteries.
2. Beaujolais Rosé, Château de Grandmont Le Rosé 2012, £10.07 Christopher Piper Wines
Grapes grown in clay and limestone soils.
Maceration of whole bunches in their own juice followed by direct pressing.
Vinified in stainless steel vats at low temperatures
Tasting notes: This is a ripe and rounded rose, pale pink with a zest strawberry like fruit and well balanced acidity that goes well with an aperitif, chicken dishes, or vegetarian meals.
3. Régnié, Jean-Marc Burgaud, Vallières 2012, £10.17 The Wine Society
Grapes grown on sandy and stony soils
50-year old vines
Bunches of grapes macerated in vats for approximately 10 days
Tasting notes: A stylish wine with brisk crunchy fruit and some white pepper goes well with a Wild Mushroom Risotto or Baked Golden Cenarth Cheese.
4. Chiroubles, Domaine Cheysson 2009, £10.70 Savage Selection
Grapes grown on granite and porphyry (purple igneous rock with large crystals) soils
Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Fermentation finishes in a combination of barrel and tank
Tasting notes: Bright, violet colour with punnets of fresh summer berries, this wine is soft and juicy on the palate, a perfect match to spicy sausages and white meat.
5. Fleurie, Manoir du Carra 2011, £13.10 Sipp London
Pink granite soils
Grapes are hand-picked and vinified separately
Semi-carbonic maceration from 10-12 days
Tasting notes: Violets, red berries, flint and spice on the powerful perfume. Balanced well by the medium body and crisp acidity. Long finish with spice and red berry scents.
6. Saint-Amour, Jean-François Trichard 2011, £12,60 Tanners
Sustainable practices used in vineyards
Short maceration period to accentuate the fruit
Tasting notes: Fresh and juicy with wonderful red fruit character with floral hints of violets.
7. Brouilly, Henry Fessy 2011, £11.99 Waitrose
Harvested by hand on schist and granite soils.
Temperature controlled fermentation
Tasting notes: A versatile wine, with vibrant extra-ripe berry fruit flavours and mellow spicy overlay lovely to try with fish or pork.
8. Côte de Brouilly, Château Thivin Les Sept Vignes 2011, £14.95 Berry Bros & Rudd
Vinification of whole bunched grapes
Ageing in oak casks
Tasting notes: A lovely scented Beaujolais, full-bodied, with ripe cherry and raspberry, long but ending fresh and lively, great with goose.
9. Juliénas, Le Carjot 2013, £10.99 Adnams
Tasting notes: This wine carries the aromas of forest fruits and prunes, try with Coq au vin.
10. Chénas, Paul-Henri Thillardon Les Carrières 2012, £15.55 Christopher Piper Wines
Harvested by hand
Naturally vinified with no yeasts or added sugars
Matured in old oak barrels
Tasting notes: This Beaujolais works really well with leftover Christmas dishes such as cold turkey and chicken
11. Morgon, Château Grange Cochard Charmes 2011, £15.95 Berry Bros & Rudd
6 hectares of wines including 1.5 on the renowned volcano, Côte du Py
15-25 day maceration
Entirely de-stemmed and matured in oak barrels
Tasting notes: Rich bright purple, the bouquet suggests a delicious richness of fruit, though only in its infancy.
12. Moulin-à-Vent, Château des Jacques 2010, £15.99 Majestic
20-30 day fermentation by indigenous yeasts
Vinified in closed vats with pumping over
Aged in oak barrels for 6 months
Tasting notes: Intense aromas of ripe red fruit intermingled with irises, roses and hints of spice.