JEAN-CHRISTOPHE IN FRANCE – JANUARY 2018
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For the next two days we are staying to taste wines from the new superstar of Burgundy- Beaujolais. This region, at the moment, is the little darling of most sommeliers, wine press and attentive wine drinkers. Although made with Gamay grape- which is a cousin of Pinot Noir- the better domaines are making wines of our time and with the Pinot noir textures. They have also wonderful fruit characters, roundness and a delicate structure.
Our first visit was at Domaine Bouroniere, with the de Lescure family. This is a magnificent producer (6thgeneration) in the village of Fleurie, producing wines with concentration and depth. Their site above the village is classic architecture and style , built with the local stones. We tasted the range in a converted stable, with a wood fireplace and rustic furniture. They are wonderful and kind people too. At the end of the tasting, Fabien insisted we share his wild boar terrine, which he made entirely himself- including the hunting.
We drove next to the Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly appellation, this is another two crus of Beaujolais- out of the 10. Without doubt Chateau Thivin is the best producer in the region and the Geoffray family have been making wine here since 1877. We tried the new 2016 vintage, sited around the table in the Chateau’s traditional dining room filled with classic furniture and paintings. This producer’s wines have definition, texture, balance and have an energy to them. To show us that they do age beautifully, Claude opened a Cote de Brouilly 1998- what an experience! And whoever believes that Beaujolais can’t age, should seriously reconsider their prejudices. They kindly invited us to stay for a lunch, which was made up of local charcuterie and cheeses.
After lunch I had to drive Charlotte to the top of the Mount Brouilly, and despite the average weather the view was phenomenal. From up there one have a clear view of the Monts du Beaujolais and the plain of the Saone River.
We then drove to another cru... [Read more of the trip day by day in Le Journal on our website]