Monday, January 24, 2011

Chiroubles Domaine Cheysson 2009

I picked this up at the LA Wine Company for $16. It's also available at K&L for a couple of dollars more. I'm slowly working my way through the different Cru Beaujolais--there are 10 in total (I've had Fleurie, Morgon, Bruilly, and Moulin-a-Vent). Up until relatively recently (say maybe about a year or two ago), my entire perception of Beaujolais was based off of a couple bottles of Georges Dubuoef that I had as a real neophyte wine-drinker. Frankly, I just didn't get it. So it was a nice revelation to realize that there is Beaujolais that is far different and more serious than the Nouveau. The bottle that set me off was a bottle of Marcel La Pierre Morgon--a 2007--that was recommended by someone at K&L. Eye-opening. This is the first Chiroubles that I've had; actually, probably the first that I've seen. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, Chiroubles is the highest village in Beaujolais and is home to the most typical Beaujolais (or so they say...). Jancis Robinson also says in the brief entry on Chiroubles that Domaine Cheysson is one of the most dependable estates. 

I particularly enjoyed this wine in a way that I haven't enjoyed the other Beaujolais that I've had from 2009 (admittedly, not too many; I need to try more). This wine was much more elegant with beautiful high-toned raspberry and floral characteristics. The raspberries are almost a little candied. There is also somewhat earthy-ish type of component; the tasting note I read says tea, and I think that is a very accurate description. Elegant, poised, fresh and crunchy, with superb balance and a mineral character to the finish. I really dug this wine; it was awesome. A

  

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