Feast your end-of-summer senses on our latest Wine-Aid box that features a selection of wines that represent a marriage of grapes and ground that the French regard as mystical. It’s in the sandy clay soils over granite of Beaujolais that the Gamay grape finds its truest expression, in the right hands producing red wines that are fresh, vivid, light and fruity, yet possessing a soulful depth and sense of place. It is a wine that is somehow simultaneously uncomplicated and consequential.
The wines of Beaujolais are especially appropriate for a long Labor Day weekend as they drink particularly well with a slight chill and pair nicely with just about every type of fare, from grilled hot dogs with corn-on-the-cob to lamb steaks with roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes.
The price for this Wine-Aid package includes tax and delivery, as well as a 15% discount. We will also honor a 10% discount on any bottles you might wish to add to the Wine-Aid package.
Included in “The Other Burgundy” — The Delectable Wines of Beaujolais Wine-Aid Package are two bottles each:
Château de Lavernette “Le Clos” (Beaujolais-Leynes 2017) Regular Price: $33
The commune of Leynes and its old four-story Château de Lavernette lie at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. “Le Clos” comes from the estate’s best parcels of Gamay — a little over four walled acres planted between 1957 and 1967. Leynes is one of thirty-nine villages entitled to use its name within the Beaujolais-Villages appellation. “Le Clos” is produced traditionally in older barrels using predominantly whole cluster fermentation but there’s also usually some de-stemmed fruit depending on the vintage conditions.
Château Thivin “Reverdon” (Brouilly 2018) Regular Price: $26
A benchmark domaine in the Côte de Brouilly, the Geoffray family has been farming their steep, south-facing slopes of decomposed pink granite for over a century. Château Thivin “Reverdon” is from the Reverdon sector of Mont Brouilly, an area known for producing wines of great finesse. It is produced using whole cluster fermentation for about a week and then aged in concrete tank for eight months for a wine that is simultaneously joyous and expressive of place.
Domaine Robert-Denogent “Cuvée Jules Chauvet” (Beaujolais Villages 2017) Regular Price: $25
In 1988, Jean-Jacques Robert took over 12 acres of his grandfather’s vines in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy just outside the village of Fuissé and soon came under the influence of one of the masters of terroir-focused Beaujolais, Marcel Lapierre. “Cuvée Jules Chauvet” is made from a three acre parcel of Gamay vines in a 15 acre vineyard that was owned by the late Jules Chauvet – a legend for his pioneering work with organic viticulture in Beaujolais and his leadership in the French natural wine movement. The wine is made with rigorous sorting in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the cellar and then aged for 16 months in seven-year-old barrels.
Clos de Mez “La Dot” (Fleurie 2013) Regular Price: $24
Vines have been in Marie-Élodie Zighera Confuron’s maternal family for four generations but she is the first of the family to produce and bottle the wines under her own name. “La Dot” is so named because it was a dowry gift for Marie’s grandmother’s wedding. It is a five acre plot of pinkish granite soils near the famous lieu-dit of Grille Midi in the south of Fleurie. The average age of the vines is close to 50 years old. Aromas of iris, violet, rose, and red fruit eventually give way to notes of spice. It is a wine of body, elegance, and finesse.
Château Thivin Rosé (Beaujolais Villages 2019) Regular Price: $20
The fruit for Château Thivin Beaujolais Villages Rosé is sourced from a 2.5 acre plot of 50 year old vines. It is produced by direct pressing the grapes and allowing the skins to macerate with the juice for one day before vinification in cool, temperature-controlled stainless-steel cuves. The result is a rosé with delicate fresh fruit aromas and juicy flavors ideal for pairing with light summer al fresco meals. A crowd-pleaser for certain, this is always one of our top selling rosé wines.
Pierre-Marie Chermette Rosé “Griottes” (Beaujolais 2019) Regular Price $19
Strict traditionalists, Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette were among the first in Beaujolais to use sustainable agricultural practices, shunning the use of chemicals in the vineyard and encouraging as much life in the soil as possible. The wines are made with minimal intervention: wild yeasts, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtering if possible. Their poundable, Gamay-based rosé is pale in color but deep in flavor. Fruit and flowers on the nose are enhanced by a hint of gravel.
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