Jean - Paul Brun Terres Dorees 'L'Ancien' Beaujolais 2013
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Item Number: 16560
"Made from Jean-Paul’s oldest vines, which have fewer berries, smaller grapes, a tighter bunch, and a more concentrated flavor. He is able to harvest the grapes later because there is far less risk of rot, owing to the small bunches. The grapes are harvested late with a high natural sugar level. The wine is vinified using traditional Burgundy techniques." ~ Tasting Profile
"Jean Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the "Region of Golden Stones". Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 40-acre family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces.
Brun wants to make "old-style" Beaujolais and his vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region. He believes that the charm of Gamay's fruit is best expressed by the grapes' indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Virtually all Beaujolais is now made by adding a particular yeast during fermentation. Known as 71B, this yeast is a laboratory product made in Holland from a tomato base, which imparts wines with banana and candy aromas. It produces a beverage, but with no authenticity and little charm. Brun, on the other hand, wants to make a pure Gamay wine.
Brun's view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to systematically add sugar to the must (chaptalize) to reach alcohol levels of 12 to 13 degrees. So he chaptalizes minimally or not at all - depending on the vintage and the cuvée. His Beaujolais is made to be pleasurable - light, fruity and delicious - not an artificially inflated wine that shines at tasting competitions." ~ Importer Notes
If you haven't had true Beaujolais, start with this one - Please, people. Drink more Beaujolais. Not Nouveau, but real Beaujolais. And start with this one. You'll fall in love. It's a classic and it's reasonable.
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