Beaujolais-Quincié 2017, Louis Jadot
This gamay hails from one of the better lieu-dit of the vast Beaujolais-Villages region which has had to reinvent itself following the decline in popularity of Beaujolais nouveau. Nevertheless the vineyard does not merit the appellation contrôlée status of the ten Beaujolais crus such as Brouilly or Fleurie. This young gamay has a medium red colour with distinct pink tints. There is a pleasing jammy nose of black currant, red currant jelly. Fruit driven with background oak possibly from ageing in a large foudre. The aromas are heady even though this is just 12.5%. Classic Beaujolais aromas of cherry drops and rosehip. This Beaujolais-Quincié is easy to drink with slightly elevated acidity but soft tannins... unlike some Beaujolais crus which can have real grip and big rustic tannins. Good cherry and red currant fruit. Does what it says on the tin and is significantly better than I would have expected.