2009 Domaine Dupré Beaujolais "Terre Noire"

SKU #1111186 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I had never heard of the Dupres before tasting [the 2007 Terre Noir] but add this name to the short-list of over-achievers in the humblest appellation of the region, although unlike others crafting appellation Beaujolais, they are based not in the South, but instead in the hills well west of Beaujeau.

K&L Notes

This comes from 60 year old vines and a single vineyard called "Terre Noire", located on a hillside near the town of Beaujeu, in the desirable Northern portion of Beaujolais. It is a site with sandy limestone soil. The wine has dark and attractive fruit, showing the terrific vintage, and is finished with a Stelvin (screwtop) closure to preserve freshness. On the finish it shows a lovely thread of minerality and a bright fruit character. Only our direct import (and the fact that it has a stelvin capsule which could not sell in France) could make this terrific pricing available! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/12)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2012  | Send Email
2009 was a superb vintage in Beaujolais, and if you're looking for an inexpensive, food-friendly party wine, this fun little red really delivers - especially if you expect to be entertaining casts of thousands! It has fresh berry aromas and flavors, a bright, juicy midpalate, and mineral notes on the finish. I recently served it as the red option at a large outdoor daytime party in which the host offered numerous smoked meat dishes, from pork shoulder to beef to salmon, along with various appetizers and tasty bites. It complemented the various food options nicely without overwhelming any of the flavors (nor anyone's palate). Plus the screwcap closure made it extremely easy for guests to help themselves, which they did with gusto!

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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

- 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.
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 (%): 12