Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Henry Fessy Beaujolais

From the Macconais, heading south into Beaujolais where the Gamay grape rules. The typical wine style is simple, fruity and meant to be consumed young, very few will develop interesting characteristics with bottle age.
The inexpensive Beaujolais Nouveau with its confected red fruit flavors is always released on the third Thursday in November and is out now in time for your holiday meal.
Beaujolais Villages is the next step up in quality and is usually mid-priced. Grapes can be sourced from thirty-nine villages along a series of granitic/schist hills in the north and west of the region. The wine is usually a blend from several villages but can be from one named village.

2009 Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages
Appearance: Clear, pale purple
Nose: Clean, medium(+) youthful aromas of fresh & candied strawberries and raspberries
Palate: Dry, Medium(-) body, medium tannins, medium(+) acidity with red fruit (mainly raspberry) flavor, medium length.
Quality: Good; Drink now, not intended for aging.

The 10 Beaujolais Crus produce the highest quality wines of the region priced mid to high. They are located in the north within the rolling granitic hills. Brouilly is the largest and most available.

2009 Brouilly  Henry Fessy Crus du Beaujolais   
Appearance: Clear, deep purple
Nose: Clean, medium youthful aromas of jammy & candied strawberries and raspberries
Palate: Dry, Medium(-) body, medium tannins, medium(+) acidity with red fruit (mainly raspberry) flavor, medium length.
Quality: Very good; Drink now, may be at its most charming. 

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Beaujolais Tasting