Barbet

"It is clearly one of the very finest Cru Beaujolais producers in the firmament of the region today and an estate that I plan to be drinking with great regularity from this point forward... These are clearly some of the most pure, expressive and refined examples of Cru Beaujolais to be found in the region, and the domaine clearly deserves to be more widely known amongst the Beaujolais cognoscenti." - John Gilman, View from the Cellar #28.

This is seriously old-school winemaking: after hand-harvesting, the grapes undergo semi-carbonic maceration in vats using only indigenous yeasts. The wines are then aged half in cement tanks and half in large old wooden foudres with a light fining before bottling. Although delicious when young, the wines are incredibly age-worthy. A recent tasting of wines ranging back into the mid-1970's showed great intensity and complexity without any sign of fatigue.

The Beaujolais region is finally getting the recognition it deserves and the Barbets are a perfect example of why; these are impressive wines with surprising complexity and elegance. They would not be out of place in any collector's cellar nor on the table with your next meal. Luckily, good Beaujolais is still one of the great values in French wine.

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Beau! by Domaine Barbet Beaujolais 2016
The Beau! Beaujolais comes from a forty year-old high-density vineyard. Fermentation is traditional, 100% whole-cluster. The whole bunches are not destemmed and go into vats after a maceration of 6-8 days. The wine is aged in stainless steel or cement vats until bottling in the Spring.  The
Item Number: 28893
Bottle:$8.95
Case: $107.40
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Barbet Domaine des Billards Saint Amour 2014
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A View from the Cellar 93+ "Domaine des Billards is one of my absolute favorite wines in all of Beaujolais, as it ages impeccably well and is always as good as the growing conditions of the particular season will allow. The 2014 is not yet released here in the states, but a sample was air-freighted

Grand Moulin (Barbet) Beaujolais 2011
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Deep, bright ruby. Fresh, mineral-laced cherry and dark berries on the intensely perfumed nose. Sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors unfold slowly to reveal a sexy floral nuance. Shows very good depth but comes off as lively, finishing with excellent clarity and fine-grained

Barbet Domaine des Billards Saint Amour 2013
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92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 " Bright violet color. A heady, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, incense and smoky minerals, with a suave Asian spice nuance in the background. On the palate, juicy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors flesh out and gain sweetness with air.

Barbet Domaine des Billards St.-Amour 2010
91  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 91 "Bright purple. Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, rose, lavender and Asian spices. Juicy, pure and penetrating, offering tightly wound red berry, floral and star anise flavors that gain depth with air. A long, aromatic, sharply delineated finish features bright berry