Joseph Drouhin St. Amour (Beaujolais) 1999

Gamay from Beaujolais, France

Item No. 43881
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

The loveliest wine name of Beaujolais (some will even say of France) is certainly Saint-Amour, at the northern end of the Beaujolais Hills. Here, the vines, pruned very short in the gobelet shape, climb the steep slopes of pink granite. At harvest time, the grapes are always hand-picked to avoid bruising. The alcoholic fermentation takes 8 to 10 days and involves such traditional methods as punching down the cap and pumping over the juice. During the Winter, the malolactic fermentation further reduces the acidity level. But the wine still needs 7 to 8 months of ageing for the lees to be eliminated and the wine completely ready. Saint-Amour has the most beautiful purple colour. A profound aroma of violet and musk is very distinctive. Round and supple, the wine ends on a long, fruity aftertaste. Served slightly cool, Saint-Amour is a very versatile wine: it can be served in any season of the year, at the beginning of a meal, as well as at the end. Its friendly nature makes it the favourite of the bistros and wine lovers around the world.

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Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance. A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on...

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(boe-show-lay) Upon hearing Beaujolais, many think of the large celebration for wine that comes out the 3rd week of November, that year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. But the region of Beaujolais, situated at the bottom of the Burgundy AC, is more than just the nouveau. Some Beaujolais wines can be kept (gasp!) for up to 10 years! Those are usually the Cru Beaujolais and are...

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Gamay (gah-MAY) Beaujolais' Baby Gamay is a pale colored grape, best associated with the region of Beaujolas. In fact, few regions or grapes are so wholly intertwined with one another. After being universally rejected by the rest of Burgundy in the 14th century, Gamay found its niche a bit further south, in Beaujolais. Beyond that part of France, Gamay can also be...

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