2009 Mommessin Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes (Previously $12)

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Mommessin is a consistently reliable source for wines from all over Burgundy. One of the areas where they excel (besides the famous Monopole Grand Cru Clos de Tart) is in Beaujolais. They have a range of great fruit sources and access to wonderful old vine fruit. On top of that, the 2009 vintage is still the best recorded vintage for the region The Village level Vieilles Vignes (or Old Vine) is sourced from the communes of Montmelas, Saint-Etienne la Varenne, Lantignié and Blacé. The vines are a minimum of 40 years old with some reaching 80 years of age. This is consummate Beaujolais-Villages, with flavors of strawberry, lilac, and It is fully fruited, juicy and delicious. What more could you ask for in this style of wine? Answer: how about a stunning price. Normally, around $12, the supplier was looking to move onto the next vintage and we couldn't resist this tempting drink at an even more tempting price. We don't think you will be able to either. With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect wine to stock up on for cocktail parties and family gatherings. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2011  | Send Email
Once again, you can judge a wine by it's price. This old vine gamay from Mommessin is fantastic! What a great holiday wine. Low in alcohol, but big in flavor! It is a 2009, which for my money is one of the best vintages I have enjoyed from the region!

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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

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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.