2009 Château de Saint-Lager Brouilly

SKU #1071893

A new Direct Import for us... this has the bright fruit and spice you expect from Beaujolais, but in a spectacular vintage like 2009, it also has layers of flavor and complexity. It is made in the traditional Beaujolais method, but has more size and weight than you might expect, with deep raspberry and licorice notes and refreshing acidity. It is ripe and a bit brambly on the palate, with lots of depth. The combination of red fruit and floral notes on the nose, when accompanied by a richer, deeper character and long finish is most appealing. And the aging in wood casks gives it an additional layer of complexity. Try this and be astounded at the value it represents! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) Tanzer gave the 2008 89 points and had this to say: "Light, bright purple. Highly expressive bouquet displays strawberry, raspberry, blood orange and dried flowers. Taut and finely etched, offering zesty red berry flavors and firm minerality. The mineral note carries through the finish, which is nervy, refreshingly bitter and long."

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
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I thought that this would never, ever happen. For forty plus years, of all the cases of wine that I have bought and drunk or cellared, I have never bother to buy a Beaujolais, villages or in general. It was always a bottle here and one there, but never a case. Then this stupidly great vintage of 2009 shows up and I am totally mesmerized by the amazing quality and depth of flavor of these wines. Sooo, when Keith Wollenberg landed a 2009 villages production from Chateau De Pizay (Morgon) a few months back, I was so totally overwhelmed by its stunning richness and broadness of flavor , that I bought not just one case, but two, one for current consumption and one for aging to see how it will evolve. Chateau de Pizay has sent us another villages production from the 2009 vintage, but under another a different label, Chateau de Saint-Lager Brouilly, and it, too, is a wine to behold. It not only rivals the Morgan, in many ways it is even more complex and deeply flavored. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with opulent tones of blueberry to violet to strawberry fruit characteristics, that carry over to a broad, fleshy, deeply flavored Beaujolais (this is Gamay?) that is full, abundantly rich and concise, with mineral undertones, a creamy, viscous middle, and a long, flashy finish that refuses to give up. And, yes, I have bought two cases of this Gem. Anderson has informed me that this Gem beauty will be one of our house red for the month. ABV 13.0% (Jim Barr)
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 By: Elaine Travels |  Review Date: 1/11/2012 
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Very nice ripe fruit with lush finish. Excellent wine for the price.

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13