Beaujolais evokes transition. Perhaps that is why many of us think of it as the wine of early autumn. No other red's style combines the warmth of summer, the waning of extended hours of sunlight and the changing leaves. The bright aromas and flavors showcase red fruits while also dispalying hints of earthiness and forest floor. Drinking Beaujolais is like walking a favorite trail while dawning the first fleece of the season. One experiences the waning of one season at the same time as the emergence of a new one.
Oft overlooked as it is overshadowed by it's famous regional neighbor Burgundy, Beaujolais deserves consideration. We are not talking about Beaujolais Nouveau - rather the real stuff produced with the skill and determination of any serious wine. Perhaps the best part, these wines remain extremely fairly priced.
Each spring as we taste new offerings we are universally impressed by Stephane Aviron. A gracious gentleman, he lets his wines do the speaking, and they do. In his own words:
My philosophy towards winemaking is to insist on low yields, as little intervention in the vineyards as possible, rigorous selections and extended skin contact. I strive to remain true to the characteristics of each vineyard, while producing balanced, complex wine emphasizing fruit and finesse.
These sentiments are the hallmarks of great Burgundian winemaking applied to the lovely hillsides on which he farms Gamay. Without a doubt he is one of the handful of winemakers elevating the quality of the region.
Beaujolais Villages $14
Sourced from fifty year old vines in the finest commune of Beaujolais Villages. Vinified for finesse, elegance and easy drinking.
Côte de Brouilly $18
Produced from the high slopes of an extinct volcano from two vineyards; one sixty+ years old provides structure and depth, a forty year old planting contributes ripe juicy fruit to the blend.
Morgon Côte du Py $22
At eleven hundred fifty feet of elevation this vineyard produces Stephane's most structured and earthy wine. With greater density and layers, it can easily age up to a decade.
Call 617-332-3000 or e-mail to place your order.
10% OFF six bottles, 20% OFF case, mixed or solid.
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