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Beaujolais: New Arrivals Featuring 2014 Dutraive Brouilly Vieilles Vignes! Beaujolais Dinner (2005 - 2014) at Racines NY Tuesday 11/17.

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Although our favorite growers in Beaujolais have consistently made good wines in recent years, no recent vintage has captured the hearts and palates of Americans since the much-balyhooed Vintage-of-the-Century, 2009. (We are very fond of the 2012s here at Chambers Street - a minority opinion perhaps but some lovely light-bodied, low-alcohol wines were produced that will drink very well over the next five to ten years.) But finally 2014 has arrived, a vintage with very pretty fruit, good density, moderate alcohol and lovely balance - delicious wines for current drinking and medium-term cellaring. A distinctive new arrival from 2014 is the superb Dutraive Brouilly Vieilles Vignes, a wine that epitomizes what we love about Beaujolais - beautiful aromas, a complex terroir-expressive palate and a long refreshing finish that will compliment a wide varity of foods. Jean-Louis Dutraive practices organic farming, vinifies with wild yeasts in the traditional carbonic-maceration style and adds minimal SO2 - we urge you to try it and his lovely Fleuries as well. (Brouilly VV arrives 11/17)

Also on offer today is the last inventory of the superb 2014 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvée Tardive. Our friend Alain Coudert makes great wine every year and his 2014s are especially beautiful, including the "regular" Clos de la Roilette and the more "typique" Fleurie Cuvée Christal. Georges Descombes is another one of our most favorite growers and his lovely 2014 Brouilly has just arrived along with a small shipment of his superb 2012 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes. Lapierre, Rontets, and the great biodynamic wines of Roland Pignard round out today's list, with many more excellent 2014s on the way! (All wines discount 10% on a 12 bottle purchase.)

Join us for a celebration of great Beaujolais at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street, on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00pm! We'll be drinking 2005s, 2009s and 2014s from the top producers including Jean-Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Jean Thevenet, Georges Descombes and more, TBD. And we'll be enjoying a superb four-course dinner prepared by Chef Frédéric Duca! $145 all inclusive.

 

Dutraive 2014 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

From a small hillside parcel of 50-plus year-old vines in Brouilly, certified organic. Carbonic maceration with no addition of SO2, followed by foot-pressing, gravity fed into large barrels or foudres for aging. Light red/black color. Complex bright raspberry, plum, citrus, violet and brown spice. The palate is light but intense with black raspberry and cherry fruit that coats the palate, with a long finish of saline earth, bright acidity and red fruits. Drink alongside their Fleurie for an excercise in terroir! This is a subtle light-bodied old-school Beaujolais that will drink beautifully over the next five to eight years. Best with charcuterie, roast chicken, pork and mild cheeses.

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Dutraive 2014 Fleurie Clos de la Grand Cour

Certified organic since 2009, the Dutraive family's Domaine de la Grand Cour produces subtle, traditional wines from their 9 hectares in Fleurie and a small parcel in Brouilly. Harvested by hand, the grapes ferment with wild yeasts in carbonic maceration, without addition of sulfur. The "Clos de la Grand Cour" is aged in a combination of cuve inox, barrels and foudres. The wine shows bright aromas of violets, raspberry and strawberry fruit, earth and spice. Pretty berry and plum fruits on the palate with refreshing citrusy acids. The palate opens up nicely with time showing deep red-currant, strawberry, beach plum and citrus with a long sappy finish.

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Dutraive 2014 Fleurie Grand Cour V.V.

From low-yielding 60 to 70 year-old vines. Wild-yeast semi-carbonic maceration, without addition of SO2, aged in 1 to 4 year old barrels. Light garnet color, complex ethereal aromas of raspberry and strawberry with spice, earth and citrus. Very mineral, textured palate with firm acidity showing plum and black fruits, light but persistent with a long finish of berry fruits with spice, earth, citrus and saline minerals. Not a fruit bomb, but a complex wine of terroir. 12% alcohol. Decant if drinking now, best after three to five years.

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Cuvee Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 5 to 7 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. In the cavalcade of great Cuvee Tardives, the 2014 weighs in at 13% and shows a more weight and flesh than the racy and wonderful 2012, and a bit less structure than the 2010 (our favorite of recent vintages) and is brighter and more balanced than the monumental 2009. In other words, it's a fabulous wine that should be in the cellar of any lover of Beaujolais! The wine is a deep red/black color and shows fresh, high-toned aromas of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, violets, brown spice, licorice and grilled meats - really quite lovely. The palate is framed in stone and mineral flavors with firm acidity, with earthy dark fruits and an almost bitter finish of saline minerals and black fruits. This is a superb Tardive, very expressive of the manganese-rich soils and a lovely combination of beautiful floral/fruit aromas and a dark mineral-laden palate. Wait five to seven years, drink until 2030?

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert seems to make terrific wine every year and the 2014 Clos de la Roilette is no exception. A parade of awful weather early in the year finally gave way to sunshine from mid-August through September, imparting lovely ripeness to the wines balanced by good acidity. Not as structured as the 2010s perhaps or as dense as the 2009s, but the 2014s offer juicy, delicious drinking now with moderate ability to age. This lovely wine shows deep black cherry, blackberry, red currant and violet aromas with earth, citrus and spice. The palate is round with soft tannins but nice acidity, with velvety berry liqueur, beach plum, spice and licorice. Delicious! Drink now or hold for eight to ten years...

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Coudert 2014 Fleurie Cuvée Christal

Alain Coudert talks about the Cuvée Christal: "Christal is the exact opposite of Tardive! It comes from two granite parcels and the vines are much younger (25-30 years). The grapes produce something fruitier, so it's very easy to knock back on a hot summer day or for an apéritif." The Christal is particularly lovely in 2014, with very pretty, ripe, round fruit on the palate balanced with brisk acidity. Drink happily over the next couple of years...

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Descombes, Georges 2014 Brouilly

Georges Descombes is one of the great producers of natural Beaujolais and we're very happy to have the first of his 2014s in the store. The Descombes Brouilly comes from 3.5 hectares on steep slopes, farmed organically. Carbonic maceration with whole clusters then a slow vertical press to finish the fermentation. No additives, a small addition of SO2 before bottling. The 2014 shows the pretty, ripe fruit of this vintage with lovely aromas of strawberry, blackberry and violet with herbal and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and mineral infused with berry fruits and citrusy acids. This is a lovely food-friendly Brouilly to serve, quite cool, with chicken, pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses...

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Descombes, Georges 2012 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

Another lovely Brouilly Vieilles Vignes from Georges Descombes, certainly one of the best producers in Beaujolais! This needs some time to open up then shows blackberry/strawberry aromas with earth, violets and hints of spice. The palate is quite ripe for a 2012 with red and black fruits tinged with citrus and spice, and a nice finish of red berries and earthy acids. Delicious now with some aeration, this should drink at it's best from 2017 to 2023.

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Lapierre 2014 Morgon

Another amazing Morgon from Mathieu and Camille Lapierre! There's an underlying minerality and complexity to this wine that is perhaps overshadowed by the joyful, smile-inducing fruit that jumps out of the glass. Though a candidate for aging 3 to 5 years, this bottle rarely lasts longer than a day in my possession! serve lightly chilled. eben lillie

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Rontets 2014 Saint-Amour Cote de Besset

Chateau des Rontets produces this beautiful Saint-Amour from a one-half hectare parcel on a steep slope with stony soils rich in silica. Adhering to the methods of Jules Chauvet, there is a carbonic maceration without addition of sulfur or chaptalization. The resulting wine shows slight reduction and needs aeration but then shows elegant, deep aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet and musk. The palate is quite mineral with light red fruits, citrus and earth flavors. The finish is all saline mineral flavors and sappy berry fruit. This will improve with a few years in the bottle and is a fascinating, quite elegant glass of Beaujolais for current drinking...

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Pignard 2013 Morgon Tradition

Roland and Joëlle Pignard's  Morgon Tradition is grown on clay and silica over granite, aged in small old barriques and bottled with only 10 mg/liter of SO2. The 2013 is another excellent vintage for this wine showing a deep red/black color and lovely ripe aromas of blackberry,strawberry and violets - very perfumed with hints of chocolate and spice. The palate is round and dense with creamy blackberry fruit framed in fine acidity and ample round tannins. This is a gorgeous young Morgon, beautifully balanced at 12.5% alcohol. Enjoy now with steak au poivre or cellar for five to ten years. Highly recommended!

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Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2014 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V. (last of stock)

Jean-Paul Brun makes old-school, soulful Beaujolais, and vinifies his Gamay with indigenous yeasts, minimal chaptalization, and traditional Burgundian techniques (no carbonic maceration). Nearly 80-year old, later-harvested vines result in a Beaujolais with remarkable concentration and depth for an under $20 wine. Wild red and black cherry flavors combine with earth and spice notes, framed by a fresh acidity. An excellent quaffer to accompany roast pork or roasted Brussel sprouts/root vegetables. Jonas Mendoza

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