2013 Château de Saint-Lager Brouilly

SKU #1173283 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Brouilly 'Chateau de Saint Lager' comes from 50-year-old vines that are picked by hand, whole cluster fermented and raised in wooden foudres. It has a brisk and lively bouquet with fragrant black currant and bilberry scents. The palate is well-balanced with fine acidity, rounded in the mouth with plenty of black currant and cassis lining the finish. This is a fine, easy-drinking Brouilly. Drink now-2018. (NM)  (6/ 2014)

K&L Notes

A relatively new Direct Import for us, this has the bright fruit and spice you expect from Beaujolais, but also concentrated 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! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer

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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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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