This rich, textured wine has plenty of juicy red berry personality, and its very easy drinking nature reminds you why Beaujolais was once so popular. It will pair with both lighter dishes and grilled burgers and steak with equal aplomb.
Originating with 50 year old vines in the Les Monthieux lieu-dit just west of Regnie, Potel-Aviron's 2009 Beaujolais-Villages is aged in old demi-muids. Bright and tart for its vintage, this showers red currant and red raspberry on the nose and palate, accompanied by precisely the sort of greenhouse-like impression of foliage and flowers that I described in the 2008 vintage (in issue 184). Subtle salinity and the tart edge of berry skin enhance a sense of invigoration uncommon from this warm growing season. I am sure this will remain delightful for at least 12-18 more months (and in the past I have underestimated how long one can enjoy this particular Potel-Aviron bottling).
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