2010 Château de Saint-Lager Brouilly (Previously $14)

SKU #1106897 Wine Enthusiast

 Dominated by red fruits, this wine also has the structure of 2010. It is firm and concentrated while always fruity and accessible. It could be kept for a few months, but really is ready to drink now.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

A relatively new Direct Import for us, this has the bright fruit and spice you expect from Beaujolais, but from a concentrated vintage like 2010 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 of part of it in wood casks gives it an additional layer of complexity. This is not your typical, light, tutti-frutti Beaujolais. Just try it and you will be astounded at the value it represents! No wonder this vineyard is one of those slated to be upgraded to Premier Cru status. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/12)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2012  | Send Email
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Bright raspberry and cherry fruit that begins quite dry and becomes more floral in the mid-palate. Delicious and interesting! Great with spicy food.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
Last year we brought in the Château de Saint-Lager Brouilly for the first time. 2009 Cru Beaujolais, how can you go wrong? Now the real test would be to see what this wine is like in the 2010. This is serious stuff. I have always preferred this Cru because of it aromatics, this wine delivers. Floral and spicy with fruit tones that are surprisingly bright. This vintage packs a little more punch without carrying extra weight. I think I like it even more than the ’09.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13