2014 Domaine Damien Coquelet Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes (Previously $26)

SKU #1274422 93 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Displays intense aromas of raspberry liqueur, lavender and succulent herbs, along with a sexy floral overtone. Sweet, deeply concentrated red fruit and floral pastille flavors are underscored by suggestions of anise and smoky and show impressive vivacity for their heft. At once powerful and elegant, finishing with excellent focus, persistence and fully integrated tannins. (JR)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2017 | Send Email
From higher elevation plots in Chiroubles experiencing lower temperatures than most of Beaujolais comes the 2014 "Vieilles Vignes" by Damien Coquelet. This particular placement and climate is perfectly suited here, as the wine, for all its complexity, maintains an air of lifted freshness from start to finish. This isn't to say it lacks complexity, however. Quite the opposite. Starting with fresh cherries and bright raspberries, the flavors give way to compelling terroir elements like loam, dusty black pepper, crushed flowers, baking spice, and subtle gaminess, all kept afloat by the high-toned acidity. This is about as good a Beaujolais as I've ever had and it's under $30. I would put this in competition with any Burgundy twice the price any day.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2017 | Send Email
Here is a deeply fruited, almost dense Beaujolais with an iron core and an animal dig into the earthier aspects of the region. This hearty and very mineral bottling would stand up to any fare including game or cassoulet.

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