TWITs need to each bring a bottle of Gamay, for our typical Blind Tasting format. You may bring a Beaujolais Nouveau if you wish, as this is also made from the Gamay varietal, but any Gamay wine is fine. We would ultimately like to have a variety in the ages of the Gamay to be tasting for comparison.
Gamay, is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc.
Beaujolais Nouveau (BOE-zjo-lay New-VOE) is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This "Beaujolais Nouveau Day" sees heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. In the United States, it is promoted as a drink for Thanksgiving, which falls a week after the wine is released.
Gamay is a very vigorous vine which tends not to root very deep on alkaline soils resulting in pronounced hydrological stress on the vines over the growing season with a correspondingly high level of acidity in the grapes. The acidity is softened through carbonic maceration, a process that also allows the vibrant youthful fruit expressions reminiscent of bright crushed strawberries and raspberries, as well as deep floral notes of lilac and violets. Gamay-based wines are typically light bodied and fruity. Wines meant to be drunk after some modest aging tend to have more body and are produced by whole-berry maceration. The latter are produced mostly in the designated 'Cru Beaujolais' areas where the wines typically have the flavor of sour cherries, black pepper, and dried berry, as well as fresh-cut stone and chalk.
TWITs Tasting Notes:
Welcome Wine: Jean-Paul Brun's 2011 L'Ancien Vielles Vignes Beaujolais ~ $20 @ Le Caveau
1) 2010 Louis Latour Beaujolais Villages - $11.87 @ Tower Package
Color: beautiful light garnet
Nose: Cough Syrup, balsalmic, cherries, peppery, smoky wood, earthy,
Palate: Blackberry, boysenberry, tartness, tart cherry, subtle tannins, gentle, blueberry finish,
"The legs are just gorgeous", "me likey", "custard pie with cherry reduction, "
"I'm not getting any grip", "seductive, but almost too soft on the finish", "she's a little tight right now" (that's what he said), delicate, soft, strawberry preserve
2) 2010 Damien Coquelet Chiroubles - $21.98 @ Le Caveau
Color: Light purple/red
Nickname: Effervescent, Cat Piss Wine
Nose: funky honey, sulfur compounds, hints of kitty litter, horse farm, styrofoam, coastal water supply, "Baton Rouge air pollution", "That smells like something dirty", Melissa says it smells like her "Aunt Miriam's Bathroom", brushy plant (juniper), licorice, complex nose, keeps changing.
Palate: Tartness, cranberries on the mouth,
Overall Observations: Off-putting at first, but then you sit with it ...
Medium bodied, "might be a Cru?"
3) 2010 Georges Duboeuf Domaine Des Rosiers Moulin-A-Vent (Cru) - $16.95 @ Minx
Nose: "I could smell this all day", "smells divine", honey, floral, spice, sugar cookie, shortbread cookies, buttery, "One of the most Fall red wines", "God it smells good", "Linzer Hearts" cookies,
Palate: there's a creaminess to it, weak on the palate, thin, "super subtle all the way around", orange peel, citrus oil on the palate.
4) 2009 Chateau de la Chaize - Brouilla (Cru) - $17.99 @ Total Wine
Nose: first whiff stinky, then it deepens. some cholorine, toasted mango cotton-candy, toasted poptarts, nose is very light, "the more air it gets, the more the nose and palate disappear."
Palate: strawberry tart, cranberry, very tart, sweet tarts
5) 2010 Pierre Marie Chermette Moulin-A-Vent (Cru) - $28.00 @ Sherlocks
Nose: "We are back to funky town", dark, "but then spicy town too", toasted sugar, toasted granola or rye or malt, Anise, a little cinnamon, pineapple, "reminds me of a hair salon", "burnt floral note", "dried candied lemon sprinkled with anise",
Visual/Color: "the legs are thicker",
Palate: Peppery, clove-like mouth feel, viscous, more acidity, casserole, carmelized onions, savory, "you taste dinner"
6) 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau - $10.99 @ Minx
Nose: "smells like Total Wine (not good)", sweet on nose, like grape jello, bubblegum, jammy, Bazooka Bubblegum, smells like rose' or cheap white zin, acetone, fake cherry smell, doughy
Palate: tart finish, koolaid, gooseberry pie, "I don't like it", flimsy in the mouth, subtler
Overall: "I don't want to ever look at it again!"
7) 2010 Daniel Bouland Morgon Delys - $24.99 @ PH Wine Merchant (Peachtree Hills)
Color: standard red, lighter
Nose: no nose at first, toasted coconut candy, some sulphur, "American oak", bell pepper, meaty,
Palate: Marilyn guesses "Pinot Noir?", really acidic, tart
Overall: Matt guesses it's a "blend"
8) 2009 Pierre Marie Chermette Brouilly (Cru) - $21.99 @ Toco Giant
Nose: Moldy dirt, off-smell, asparagus pee, perm solution smell, ammonia, fresh baked chocolate brownies, horse manure, chocolate marshmallow
Palate: Sweet taste, smooth,
Overall: "too much air and it goes away", "Hershey's Wine", "very anti-climatic", "Pop and Drop" wine.
QUOTE OF THE EVENING - courtesy of Rheinallt - "There was NO cassis in this TWITs!"