2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Saint-Amour

SKU #1274421 93 points Vinous

 Brilliant red. Highly expressive and pure on the nose, displaying an array of red fruit, floral and spice scents and a bright mineral topnote. Juicy and precise, offering deeply concentrated but lively raspberry liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors given spine by a jolt of tangy acidity. Manages to be both powerful and graceful and finishes with outstanding clarity and floral- and mineral-driven persistence. I can't recall trying a better example of this appellation. (JR)  (8/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Saint-Amour has a delicate but pretty redcurrant and strawberry-scented bouquet, less extravagant than its peers but natural and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, pure red cherries and redcurrant fruit, harmonious with a precise and quite intellectual finish. This is a superb offering from Jean-Paul Brun. (NM)  (8/2016)

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Aged in concrete tanks.

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2017 | Send Email
Drink any of Jean-Paul Brun’s wines and it’s obvious the emphasis is on fruit, not weight. He prefers to de-stem instead of fermenting with whole clusters and he relies on native yeasts. The result is vibrant wines that express the true personality of the Gamay grape. This wine from the northernmost cru in Beaujolais, Saint Amour, is so fresh and pure. It has fruit, structure, complexity, and precise acidity, making it a worthy companion for grilled meats. Plus the ABV is a refreshing 12.5%. Perhaps you enjoy Pinot Noir from France or Oregon but not the price tag? Or perhaps you think all Beaujolais wines are Nouveau? If so, then it’s time you tried this fine offering from Jean-Paul Brun.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2017 | Send Email
When I first smelled this Saint-Amour I was surprised and captivated by its delicate white pepper aromas and light red cherry notes. I just could not stop sniffing it! It's so mesmerizing. Just like with the "Les Thorins" cuvee this wine reminds me of Burgundy in every aspect. It's mineral, structured, it has great fresh acidity and a lot of savory and earthy notes that absolutely delicious red fruit. 2014 vintage in Beaujolais is my favorite so far.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
With notes of wild cherry and raspberry on the nose and a lovely tart mid palate, this is precisely the type of Beaujolais I tend to gravitate to. There is a pleasing balance between the fruit, acid and structure that keeps the wine fresh, but does not sacrifice length and depth. On a sunny day like today this is exactly the type of red that calls my name.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
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Beautiful floral aromas combine with fresh macerated berry scents that seamlessly give way to dried cranberry and red cherry flavors. Classic structure and great lift make this an ultra-appealing offering.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2017 | Send Email
This is balanced, sweet, clean and very floral with faint touches of iron and earth to the lacy finish. The complexity and elegance at this price is truly amazing.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2017 | Send Email
The classically structured 2014 vintage has been an absolute treat for Beaujolais drinkers, and this Saint Amour is one that is distinctive and expressive showing interesting layers of spice, seductive red fruit, minerality and flora. This is one of my absolute favs in our Beaujolais section right now. Super recommended!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2017 | Send Email
This lovely, aromatic Saint Amour is the perfect red for so many occasions. If you are looking for something that is lower in alcohol, more perfumed yet still satisfying, you have found it!

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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.