To quote another wine writer way smarter than me, “Beaujolais has been called the only white wine that happens to be red”. The secret to Beaujolais’ light fruity style is the Gamay grape. Gamay produces a very fresh vibrant red wine and should be served chilled (put it in the fridge for 15 minutes…trust me.)
For many of us, the only exposure we have ever had to Beaujolais is Beaujolais Nouveau – the super young wine that appears on the shelves of your local LCBO the last week of November. What I tasted in this week’s wine is the more refined Beaujolais Villages class of wines from the Beaujolais region. Beaujolais Villages wines are better quality than plain old Beaujolais and are made from Gamay grapes from a select group of 39 villages within the region.
The 2007 Louis Jadot is a great example of a Beaujolais Villages. It has dominant flavours of red and black cherries with a light hint of black pepper on the finish. This wine would go very well with roast chicken, pasta, tuna or salmon.
At $17.95 I would definitely recommend that if you haven’t tried a Beaujolais before you should try this one…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.