Beaujolais 2009 has been lauded as a great vintage for the region, exceptional even. I’m not a great Beaujolais drinker, typically getting through only 1 or 2 a year, but when a vintage is pronounced exceptional then I will always buy a bottle or two to try.
Cave du Château de Chénas 2009 Fleurie came from my local Co-op store in Prudhoe in February this year for a very reasonable £6.99. At 13% abv it is lighter than many a red wine available today, but is the better for it as I’ve had a couple of glasses already and still feel that I can competently type without spell-checking every second word!
A vibrant young colour, deep red/magenta. This has fresh and fruity aromas in the glass, light red berries. It is gentle in the mouth, sweet fruit (heading towards blueberry bubblegum), light tannins and balanced acidity.
Lightly chilled this is a very easy drinking wine, not too complex, but well made and great value. 87-88pts (3 star).
I have two more ’09 Beaujolais left for future drinking, a Louis Latour Brouilly and a Côte du Py Morgon. Both were a little more expensive than the Fleurie so, based on tonight’s experience, I’m looking forward to opening them.