Georges DuBoeuf Juliénas Beaujolais 2005

Georges DuBoeuf Julienas Beaujolais 2005Trigger on Melody’s chairMelody is out of town for work and she’ll be wondering if I posted, so here it is.

I’m trying this Georges DuBoeuf Juliénas Beaujolais 2005. (Juliénas is one of the 10 Beaujolais crus, a step up from Beaujolais-Villages. We’ve also tried the Morgon cru.)

It’s delightful. Light-bodied, medium-dry, tasting of cherries. Much lighter than our usual cabs and shirazes, but interesting and fun to drink. It has a summery taste to it, and after all, it did warm up to the high 30s here today. (I think Melody would enjoy this as a change of pace, but she wouldn’t want to stray too long from our big reds with the meaty bodies and the sandpaper tannins…)

Trigger is sleeping on Melody’s chair, sunken into her afghan.

Jean Descombes Morgon Beaujolais 2005

Jean Descombes Morgon Beaujolais 2005This Jean Descombes Morgon Beaujolais 2005 is good and surprisingly different tasting. Morgon is the name of one of the ten Beaujolais crus, or villages, each of which has its own appellation contrôlée. (The Beaujolais from the ten crus are a level of quality above Beaujolais-Villages, which in turn is a level above basic Beaujolais.)

This Morgon Beaujolais has a very strong taste of strawberry, a surprise that almost makes it seem like a dessert wine. It’s quite good and intriguing. It will be interesting to try other Beaujolais crus to see if they have a similar taste.

2004 Francis Coppola Cabernet and 2005 Louis Jadot Beaujolais

Tom: Tonight Melody is having dinner with colleagues and she called to say that she is having a 2004 Francis Ford Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon and that it is delicious. I’m sure she’ll have more to say later. Trigger and I are at home and I’m having a 2005 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages. After last night’s fruit-filled Little Penguin Shiraz, this Beaujolais is a lesson in old-world restraint. It tastes pleasantly dry and tannic, but not dramatically so like a Cabernet or Bordeaux. It tastes of dark fruit. It is not extremely complex like some of the expensive California Cabernets we’ve been drinking lately. It tastes very good and a bit mild, like a Bordeaux lite. I think of Beaujolais as everyday table wine and this is wonderful in that role. (I think however I would pick Coppola’s Rosso or Jacob’s Creek Cabernet, both even a bit lower in price than this, if I were to be trapped on a desert island with only one everyday red.) I think this Beaujolais is typically about $11 in our grocery story and that we got it on sale for about $9. A very nice return to old-world sensibilities. We should expand our forays into European wine.