WINE OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY

I’m don’t consume incredible amounts of Beaujolais. This wine, produced in a warm region south of Burgundy and made from the Gamay grape, is widely consumed in France as a table wine. A light-bodied, fruity wine, Beaujolais is meant to be consumed young and pairs well with a variety of food. The tricky part of this type wine is sorting out the swill, of which there is plenty, from the true hidden gems that manage to show a measure of complexity in their youth. On the positive side, when one is able to find a balanced and nuanced Beaujolais wine, it rarely comes with an intimidating price tag. The wine I’ve chosen to feature this month is easily the best example of the Gamay grape I have ever tried, with my limited experience mind you.

GEORGES DUBOEUF JEAN DESCOMBES BEAUJOLAIS 2009, 91 Points, $15, 8000 Cases Made- Lots of smoky mineral and ripe red fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied with lively, juicy black cherry, red licorice and raspberry flavors that pick up a decisive note of smoke before evolving into a blast of floral spice and mineral. Long finish with firm tannins adding structure.

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