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Domaine Jules Desjourneys Moulin-a-Vent Chassignol 2011

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The 2011 Fabien Duperray Moulin-a-Vent Chassignol Tres Vieilles Vignes comes from 0.97 hectares of 90-year-old vines cropped at 26.90 hectoliters per hectare. The nose is very intense and cut from the same cloth as the “Les Michelons”: creme de cassis, blueberry, boysenberry jam and a hint of allspice. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannins, a fine line of acidity, voluminous in the mouth with intense cassis and blueberry fruit, an undertow of white pepper and Chinese 5-spice, finishing in quite a muscular fashion.
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Domaine Jules Desjourneys, France
Fabien Duperray has been distributing some of the finest estates of burgundy in France for over 25 years, but until 2007 he had no vineyards of his own. He finally had the opportunity to acquire some small parcels of very old vines in Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent in some truly special terroirs, and the results are nothing short of stunning. Fabien tends to every detail in the process with excrutiating precision. From his biodynamically farmed vines, to the hand pulling of weeds, the custom made barrels, the long elevage of 3 years, right down to the finest corks one can buy, the quality here at every turn is more akin to the most famous estates in the Cote d'Or. The wines are very limited but once tasted, you will understand what led David Schildknecht to write upon tasting the Desjourneys wines for the first time " The big story is some of the most remarkable Beaujolais wines of my experience, and perhaps ever rendered."
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The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais exist though most is sold under the basic Beaujolais appellation. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Beaujolais-Villages, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior section are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines predominantly from Beaujolais. In Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

RAE550008_2011 Item# 223635

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