2015 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Séduction" Saint-Amour

SKU #1273905 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Esprit de Seduction Saint Amour has plenty of ripe dark cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose, though it needed a few swirls of the glass to address some reduction. The palate is ripe and sweet on the entry, small red cherries, crushed strawberry and a touch of dried orange peel, with good substance on a "solid" finish. Drink this gutsy Saint-Amour over the next 4-5 years. (NM)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

90pts View from the Cellar: The 2015 Saint-Amour “Esprit de Séduction” from Pascal Berthier is produced from a plot of vines in the superb Clos des Billards vineyard, made famous by Domaine des Billards. Monsieur Berthier’s parcel is fifty years of age and the wine is raised in cement tanks. The bouquet on the 2015 is ripe and quite black fruity for young Saint-Amour, offering up scents of black cherries, cassis, espresso, a fine base of soil and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite powerful for Saint-amour, with a fine core, very good balance and grip, moderate tannins and a long, primary and black fruity finish. This is a good bottle, but like so many of the 2015 Crus, it will be better with a bit of time in the cellar. 2017-2030. 90+.-Issue 64

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the many gems recently brought back from Beaujolais for the direct import program, and the quality-to-price ratio is awe-inducing. The generous nature of the 2015 vintage is on full display with perfectly ripe fruit flavors of raspberry, red currant and cranberry that have great mid-palate weight and a smooth but powerful tannic texture with great acid and a slightly savory finish. This is the epitome of great, traditional French wine at a great price. ​

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2016 | Send Email
Gorgeous, full-bodied Beaujolais with luscious dark fruit and intense aromatics! This Saint Amour from Pascal Berthier beautifully showcases the depth and scope of the 2015 vintage. Powerful, rich and full in expression, this Beaujolais is one you will not want to pass up.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2016 | Send Email
Stock up on this wine for this season because it is going to go great with lots of dinner, and for before dinner as well. Dark cherry and red cranberry lie side by side here with length and a smooth finish that makes this wine so drinkable. Fortunately for $15 you can grab a case and not feel bad at all when you decide to open another, and perhaps another after that.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2016 | Send Email
Wow!! Stop the search-this is your Thanksgiving wine. The 2015 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Seduction" Saint Amour is a terrific wine. Dark cherry, smokey meats and subtle mocha notes nicely mingle against strawberry jam, silky tannins and bright acidity. Long, with a full finish this is the perfect match for turkey, stuffing and gravy.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2018

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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.
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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.
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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.