Chris Piper reports from Beaujolais:
“Driving back through the vineyards this morning, you could smell the ferments in the air, blowing in on the breeze from the local cuvages. This has been an exciting and unusual vintage, in as much that it started at the very end of September and is unlikely to finish until 12th October. This is over three weeks’ later than in 2012 but the results have been extraordinarily encouraging because the three weeks before the harvest saw almost unbroken sunshine which helped to ripen the grapes to such a degree that our Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau was picked at a natural alcohol level of 12.2%, meaning that it was not necessary to use any sugar to boost the alcohol. Besides this, the acidity levels are such that there is a wonderful freshness to accompany a profound fruitiness. A long hang-time on the vines has also ensured that the pigments were very deeply coloured, giving the wines wonderful depth of classic ’Gamay purple’. We have had one day of rain (when we had to stop picking) but otherwise, we managed to gather in our harvest without any worries of dilution.
The style of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau is going to be one of bold black fruit and raspberry flavours on the palate with distinctive floral bouquets. Already, the wines that we have pressed have a succulent, rich fruitiness that literally explodes on the palate and lingers long after. We have purposefully made sure that their alcohol content stays as ’light’ as possible so that they are refreshing and exceptionally gouleyant (eminently drinkable). They will be bottled a fortnight before shipment, giving the wines enough time to properly settle and ‘form’ in the bottle. They will be amongst some of the most classic Beaujolais Nouveau of recent years and we can think of no better way of brightening up a chilly mid-November period, drinking them with warming late-autumn stews, roast lamb or a plate of charcuterie or cheese. These are hand-crafted wines of the highest calibre.”
Chris Piper makes the wines at Château de Grandmont & Château du Pavé (Brouilly) every year.
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