2021 will remain a complicated year, with chaotic weather - a beautiful Indian summer has allowed the quality of the grapes to be maintained, even if the quantity is not there - and a sugar/acidity/tannin balance different from recent sunny years. The vinifications are done with more delicacy and precision. In the glass, gourmet, fresh, crunchy juices (raspberry, gariguette) plunge us into the heart of the fruity DNA of Gamay. Surfing on a pretty delicate and elegant tannic structure, the 2021s are tender. They offer nice rebounds on the sweet spices for a salivating finish.
Born like its big brothers 2018 and 2019 under the sun, 2020 is a very early vintage. Like a form of impatience for the grains of chardonnay and gamay noir, crushed by the heat, to join the freshness of the Beaujolais cellars. As for the reds, the location of the plot and a delicate vinification deliver two registers in the glass. Sunny terroirs produce tastes of black fruits (blackberry, blueberry) and scents of aromatic herbs from the south (sage, thyme); cooler terroirs at altitude deliver small red berries (currant, raspberry) and slightly peppery floral notes (peony). Both styles meet in consistent, round and concentrated juices. Over the years (more or less five), a beautiful and tonic spicy register will appear. As for the whites and rosés, due to a generous sunshine, rounder than tense, they play on seduction, drinkability and crunch.
‘Solar’ vintages continue... Logically with dark tonalities and a kind of density in the glass. There’s also no lack of Rhone-like aromas associated with this type of vintage: violet, iris, peony and black fruit. The generous character of the juices is perfectly expressed around solid and well-constructed, lively tannic structures. Fleshy, juicy, sappy vintage that should be left to “grow up” nicely under the wings of its elders, namely 2017 and 2018.
XXL vintage Rich on every level, with just the right breath of freshness as the icing on the cake. Darker than usual, the gamay takes on the deep purplish-blue glints of its neighbouring syrah. A wide range of aromas (blackberry, blueberry, plum and rose) that fit together perfectly, offering an enchanting nose. Rich, very juicy and dense on the palate, they never stop building on massive, racy tannins. Superb harmony cut out for ageing.
It would be hard to be more truly Beaujolais than 2017. Just the right amount of sunshine, paired with good rainfall to end up with a nice balance. The colour is pretty and embodies the gamay signature: shimmering ruby red, deep purple, subtle purplish-blue. Open nose. Lovely cherry notes that, over time, will acquire kirschy notes; the very strong plum notes will also change over to sloe berry, offering a gentle vegetal flavour. The tannins are silky and soft that know exactly how to increase in strength becoming solid, sapid and saline on the palate. A vintage with great drinkability.
This vintage is 2014’s big brother. A vintage slowly hurrying to build wines perfectly reflecting the typicity of the terroir. Lovely fruitiness standing on tannins that are crisper than they are strong. Pleasant combination of small dominant red fruit, plum and a hint of gentle spice for just the right touch of liveliness. Balanced, easy-to-drink and tasty. Carried by a fresh breeze, the best bottles have pleasantly surprising longevity.
‘Solar’ vintages: let the drum roll; the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 vintages will follow... at a similar beat. In the glass, a perfect profusion of order, gourmandise and richness. Thanks to the abundant but never scorching sunshine, the vintage provides wines that are both rich and generous on the palate. Colours range from the ruby red, so unique to gamay, to purplish glints. Plentiful fresh black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), a few notes of red fruit and a hint of plum for freshness. The very present, juicy and smooth tannins – thanks to their good maturity – are soft and silky. To be classified in the long-keeping vintages.
Nice and solid fruit/tannin combination for this vintage. The colours shimmer. Lovely bursts of cherry and Morello cherry (the ones used for clafoutis), with a ravishing fruitiness carried by the cherry. Blackcurrant and gariguette strawberries follow on from lively, silky tannins full of pleasant energy. Beautifully balanced for a great classic.
This was a year when it was much wiser to wait; slowly but surely, until the first autumn frosts. The vintage made its way to tasty juices full of nice energy. In the glass, it is bright and shiny. On the olfactory level, pure, fresh aromas (raspberry coulis, wild strawberry) for noses full of appeal. Zest and energy for elegant, slender tannins. Nice mouthfeel like a middle-distance runner.
Rather pale sunshine at times, leading to some fairly thin skins, so the Beaujolais winegrowers had to be extra mindful of the vintage. Perpetually ruby red, red fruit full of freshness (raspberry and Morello cherry). Soft and delicate in terms of tannins. For the most part, wines to be enjoyed in their youth for their charming and bright fruitiness.