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Three Craftsmen of Cru Beaujolais

Last week proved that Gamay is a deliciously friendly grape that at the same time can give the nuance and finesse of Pinot Noir. Each of the three Beaujolais master craftsman provided different interpretations and their seven different vineyard sites showed wines with distinct personalities.
March 28, 2019


 Three Craftsmen in Beaujolais

Maxime Perrachon’s wines were most popular at the tasting by a slight margin. They were concentrated and intensely fruity wines from Julienas and two more structured wines from Morgon. Most tasters gravitated to the balanced 2016 Julienas Roche Bleue and especially the 2017 Julienas Les Vignes Centenaires, a wonderfully dense and concentrated wine from a single vineyard of hundred year old vines. This was perhaps the richest and most concentrated wine of the tasting. I like it very, very much.


Raphael Chopin’s wines from Regnie were broader and softer. People liked the current vintage 2017 Ronze and its reserve level Caprice. But there was also a lot of interest in the two 2018 single vineyard barrel samples he brought with him. Both 2018 Ronze and 2018 Les Braves were redolent of dark fruit, very low acid, and rich broad, mouth-filling flavor. Both will be sumptuous in the short term.

I have liked Eric Janin’s wines for years. His 2017 Moulin A Vent Les Vignes du Tremblay was everything that the commune should be. Structured, herbaceous, a balanced wine for food. It was popular also. 

We tasted all the wines below. Those with tasting notes in bold are in stock now. Others are only available by special order only. Maxime Perrachon’s wines will arrive in about two weeks. Others will come in about eight weeks.


Paul Janin & Fils

2017 Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Argiles (White) Aroma: Fresh very light clean pretty lifted ripe fresh ; Mouth: Very pretty, rather light, lifted, very pretty, lightly oaked, clean rather fine; Very Good PlusCase, 199 (16.58); Half Case, 109 (18.17)

2017 Brouilly Aroma: Rather deep very pretty rather fruity; Mouth: Clean very sweet very pretty fine acid, rather light; Very Good Plus Case, 214 (17.83); Half Case, 117 (19.5)

2017 Moulin A Vent Les Vignes du Tremblay - Organic; Aroma: bright clean steely, pretty rather juicy forward, blackberry; Mouth: clean dusty mineral, bright acid, fleshy and broad, fine tannins; Very Good Plus 23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

Raphael Chopin

2016 Regnie Ronze; Aroma: Deep rather full, light on its feet herbal mineral; Mouth: Light clean racy very pure elegant tight acid long; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2015 Regnie Caprice Aroma: Deep rather oaky dense rich; Mouth: Bright rather oaky clean dense, spicy acid; Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24

2018 Regnie Ronze Aroma: Very deep very dark, lots of material; Mouth: Very rich deep, low toned, very low acid, fleshy very dark fruit, long; Very Good Plus Case, 204 (17); Half Case, 111 (18.5) Two months

2018 Regnie Les Braves Case, 240 (20); Half Case, 129 (21.5)


Maxime Perrachon

2016 Julienas Roche Bleue; Color: medium red black; Aroma: dullish, lightly fragrant, lightly fragrant lightly plummy; Mouth: clean rounded sweet acid fruit, leathery plum, , bright finish; Very Good Plus17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2017 Julienas Les Vignes Centenaires Aroma: Very pretty, very fresh, clean, light juicy very pretty; Mouth: Rather fine, both elegant and concentrated, packed with dense resilient fruit; Very Good Plus Plus Case, 214 (17.83); Half Case, 117 (19.5)

2017 Morgon Corcelette Very Good Plus Case, 183 (15.25); Half Case, 101 (16.83) two weeks

2016 Morgon Cote du Py Very Good Plus Case, 204 (17); Half Case, 111 (18.5) two weeks


3-28 Beaujolais Case: Special, three each of the in stock wines - $234


mix any 6- 11 in stock wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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