Winemaker Patrick Brunet’ tiny Domaine Robert estate consists of 50-60 year old vines, deeply rooted in the granitic soils of Fleurie. 2020 was a good year for concentrated, structured Beaujolais. This one is delicious today but with the bones to improve in the bottle over the next decade. Pretty remarkable for wine that comes in as cheap as it does.
Brunet organically tends 7 HA in Fleurie and Morgon in southern Burgundy. Ancient vines of Gamay rooted in a granitic sand provide for wild aromatics and intense fruit in the finished wine. On the palate, the wine is layered and complex with a core of black and red berry flavors.
If you like to drink juicy, dark Pinot with a mineral streak, you owe it to yourself to pick up some Beaujolais from a real producer.
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It is the perfect wine for that roasted chicken comfort dinner that I feel like cooking almost every night these days.
Valery Renaudat’s 2022 P’tit Renaudat Pinot soars from the glass, with a mixture of black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, gradually unfurling to reveal some aromas of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and a long, fresh finish that will keep you coming back for more.