Just in case you wanted to stick to the rules, these light-bodied newly reviewed wines from France will do the trick
September 5, 2019
By Gillian Sciaretta
While Beaujolais can be enjoyed year-round, the light-bodied, refreshing nature of Gamay makes these wines perfect for the summer, and a reintroduction to reds as the fall rears its head.
But the fact that they’re easygoing doesn’t mean there isn’t great quality here. Beaujolais wines can offer great expressions of the region’s plentiful terroirs. Many of the best wines hail from the 10 crus, four of which are represented here. However, vintners also explore unique areas within the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages levels, and sometimes blend from sites in different appellations.
Today’s selection highlights recently reviewed Beaujolais for $25 or less. Some are from the region’s better-known crus, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent. Chénas, the smallest of the crus, is attracting established winemakers who believe it makes ageworthy Gamays grown in its granite, schist and alluvial clay soils.
Don’t skip over the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages tiers. The Domaine de Fa Beaujolais En Besset 2017 was made from grapes sourced from one of the highest-elevation vineyards in the general Beaujolais appellation, near the crus of St.-Amour and Juliénas.
90 pts Maison L’Envoye Morgon Côte du Py 2017
Mineral and smoke undertones detail the fresh blackberry and currant flavors in this supple red, with white pepper, herb and floral notes marking the lightly tannic finish.