By now, y’all probably know I love fall. And what screams fall more than a nice easy drinking red wine to hang out on a patio and soak up the last few warm days of the year (at least in Colorado)? So, in that spirit—let’s talk Beaujolais.
Beaujolais is known for growing one thing and that is Gamay. This light bodied red wine is the perfect fall and Thanksgiving wine. You’ve probably heard of Beaujolais Nouveau. It’s the most famous and well marketed of the Beaujolais wines, released right after harvest, only on the third Thursday of November after going through carbonic maceration. They’re very light and easy drinking, and definitely need to be drunk immediately.
A little less well-known are the cru Beaujolais. These wines are more robust, more structured, and more age-able than your standard Beaujolais, but still come with all the friendliness and affordability that the overall region offers.
Our Albert Bichot Les Charmes comes from the particular cru of Morgon which is considered the second-best cru of Beaujolais. It produces fuller-bodied, more serious wines and has a concentration of high-quality producers.
The soil is made up of lots of granite sand which happens to be Gamay’s favorite soil to dig down into creating more serious, tannic wines that can stand up to a few years of hanging out in its bottle.
This particular wine comes from the west of the hamlet of Morgon, in the southernmost part of the appellation. The vineyards here cover gentle, south-east facing slopes at altitudes of between 350 and 400-meter.
Alcohol: 13.5 percent
Vinification: Temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for 10 days
Aging: 50 percent in 350-liter barrels, 50 percent in vats, 10 to 12 months
Nose: Dried cranberries, vanilla, jammy/stewed fruits, smoke
Palate: black cherries, limestone, still more dried cranberries, and an acidity that brings in a lot of brightness
I want to drink this with my Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, stuffing, the works. It just all swirls around in my head creating this perfect picture holiday.