Or so says Georges Duboeuf, so we'll take that with a grain of salt. Though if you search the interwebs for "2015 Beaujolais Vintage," the superlatives are everywhere!
My favorite wine writer, Andrew Jefford, had this to say about the 2015 vintage in Beaujolais, "The growing season, growers reported, unfolded according to the script they would have written for themselves – except that quantities were smaller than they would have liked. The main threat to quality came towards the end of July, when the vines were beginning to show signs of drought stress, but cooler nights and showers in August helped enormously, with most beginning harvest towards the end of that month. Acidities were fresher and balances livelier than in 2009, while the wines avoided some of the hardness of 2005, with a sweeter and more tender style. Beaujolais vinifications are so various and sometimes risk-taking in style, however, that it’s still important to buy on recommendation." That last line there is key.
The good news is that our producer, Château de Raousset, took full advantage of the ideal climatic conditions, and produced a line of wines which we highly recommend! Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm swayed by its pretty name, but it seems that vintage after vintage, I find their Fleurie "Grille-Midi" to be ideal for my palate. The 2015 is stunning! The aromas are all there, bright red cherry fruit, forest floor, again, maybe it's the name, but there's a hint of something floral going on in there too. On the palate, the wine seems to float gracefully. The fruit is perfectly ripe and the structure is seamless. It comes in at 13% alcohol. One doesn't hear it often, but this Cru Beaujolais can be cellared and should provide plenty of pleasure from now through 2026, if, as Neal Martin says, "you can resist its charms early on."
I don't want to bum anyone out here, but it is fall, and tomorrow is October 1. An enthusiastic Rosé-loving customer picked up a case of her favorite earlier today and let it be known she wasn't ready for summer to be over, though she was accepting that very fact. I always think of Cru Beaujolais as a wine which suits autumn perfectly - that forest floor nuance and all. I also regularly consume, and happily recommend it be served during the fall's biggest holiday, Thanksgiving. That's right. Thanksgiving is next month. That makes socking away a magnum or two a pretty dang good idea. We do also have Raousset's Chiroubles, with its lighter profile, and also their Morgon "Douby", which is a bit more structured and even more age-worthy. Though for me, the Fleurie "Grille-Midi" is just right! - Peter Zavialoff
Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about 2015 Beaujolais, autumn, Thanksgiving wines, or how sweet it is to be rid of the reason I stopped watching my favorite football club for three years: peter@wineSF.com