George Descombes Chiroubles VV Gamay Noir 2019
George Descombes, part of the equivalent of the Big Four of Natural Thrashers of Beaujolais back in the day. Turning a region, a grape and a style of drink into something equally drinkable and contemplative. No easy feat, but executed perfectly.
Notes from the Guardfather:
Tucked away up in the hills between Morgon and Fleurie, Chiroubles has often been described as “the most Beaujolais of the ten crus of Beaujolais.” In other words, everything that makes wines from this region so lovable—low alcohol, explosive flowery aromas, high-toned juicy fruit—are intensified in Chiroubles. The nose here is bright and crystal clear, very floral and pretty with typically entrancing aromas of red cherries and hints of sweet kirsch. In the mouth the taste is energetic, fresh and focused, with juicy fruit, fresh acidity and a fluid mineral finish. It has beautiful tension, balance and length. 2018 is a solid vintage in the Beaujolais but it was warm, those that handled it well have produced stunning quality, like Noune has here. To me, this is perfect Cru Beaujolais from George and it will age superbly.
Grape: Gamay Noir