Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages 2002
from Beaujolais, France
The Beaujolais area, although part of greater Burgundy, is very distinct on many accounts. The villages have a different look. Instead of slate, the houses have roofs made of red tiles reminiscent of Provence and the Mediterranean world. The soil too, is pink granite (and not limestone as in Côte-d'Or). This is where the Gamay grape is king.
The type of pruning used in Beaujolais is called "gobelet". No wires between the vines. Each plant grows by itself, independently from the others.
Maison Joseph Drouhin has always been deeply involved with the Beaujolais region and was indeed a pioneer when, in the early fifties, they were the first to bottle and ship Beaujolais Nouveau.
As for Beaujolais Villages, it is a careful selection of various "terroirs" and micro-climates, all contributing to make this wine synonymous with charm and conviviality. It has a bright purple colour, a very intense nose, reminiscent of violets, peonies and red berries. On the palate, it has a silky smoothness, and its delicious fruit lingers for a long time. Beaujolais Villages is very versatile with all kinds of food, especially simple and flavourful dishes such as hors-d'oeuvre, charcuterie and white meats.
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
A Customer - Wisconsin
Soft and very fruity. Good wine to drink casually with friends rather than with meals. Fun to drink for a simple wine.
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