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Why do we love this case?

There’s an effortless grace to these wines. They’re even nicer to drink than it is to say ‘Jean Loron’. This guy (and his team) know how to gamay. Gamay on, you might say. And with six different, but equally glorious, expressions of Beaujolais terroir, you’re in for a treat. Well, six.

Each lineup contains a bottle of each of the following six brilliant Beaujolais: 

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Maison Jean Loron Moulin a Vent Beau Moulin 2016
Chocolate
Plum
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Deep
International Wine Challenge 2018
French Import

When I got married, we bought some Koko Black chocolate truffles as our wedding bonbonnieres. One was milk chocolate salted caramel; one was dark chocolate raspberry ganache. This is the wine form of the latter. The palate's fine, dry and delicate. It doesn't try to do anything too outrageous or stupendous on the palate, it's just happy to dance by itself like nobody's watching. It's wonderful. Ask it to dance. You'll never be the same again.

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Château De Fleurie Beaujolais Other Red 2017
Redcurrant
Sour Cherry
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated

Uber-ripe blueberry juice, raspberry straps and spice. Believe it or not, the distinct smell of mortadella (pistachios and all) is there, under all those layers of fruit. This is one of the lighter in the lineup, and just as gorgeous for it. Fresh blueberries to finish round out the experience.

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Domaine de la Vieille Eglise Juliénas 2017
Cherry
Redcurrant
Spice
Medium-bodied
Chalky
Concentrated

All these wines immediately inspire some kind of food comparison, with distinctive and easily recognisable fruit and spices. Because senses and associated memories are subjective, it'll be different for everyone. For me, this was cinnamon and nutmeg doughnuts filled with rhubarb and raspberry jam. A little bit of graphite and maraschino cherry on the palate brings some depth. It's serious and drying without being weighty – no mean feat. These wines aren't ostentatious, but they astound for the price point.

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Château De Bellevue Les Charmes 2015
Blood Plum
Cherry
Toast
Medium-bodied
Bright
Delicate

We’re stepping up the serious factor again, and this one could even do with a couple more years in the cellar. Aged in French oak from small yields and a traditional Burgundy vinification. It’s got a softer nose than the ‘16s, gentle and just slightly earthy with darker fruits going on. More savoury and serious on the palate too, a little more oak tannin present, while still far from anything you’d describe as heavy. Would handle some lighter meats or a salami platter quite nicely indeed.

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Château de la Pierre Brouilly 2017
Cherry
Savoury
Spice
Medium-bodied
Chalky
Delicate

This is bright, packed with spicy red fruits and cherry pie on the nose. It’s light, soft and silky with just the right amount of structure to bring all the red fruits on the palate into line. Despite its lightness of touch, the grapes come from 50 year old vines, so there’s a lot of wisdom in every drop. They say have with grilled ‘tripe sausage’, but you do you mofo.

Red
Other Red
Beaujolais

Maison Jean Loron Saint-Amour Les Grandes Amours 2017
Blackberry
Herbaceous
Violets
Medium-bodied
Bright
Elegant
International Wine Challenge 2019
International Wine Challenge 2019

I don’t normally like to jump straight into a tasting note when writing why we love a wine, but when I do... Smells like a cherry clafoutis, and I think I’ve had one once in my life, but it took me right back there. There’s that dark, sweet and sour note, just-hit-the-frying pan butter and wafts of pancake-like dough. Overlaid with a dark chocolate note, it’s equal parts deep and dark as fresh and crunchy. The palate follows suit, with expected bright crunch and soft, silky fruit, but layered with a dusty cocoa tannin vibe and a brilliant tension between seriousness and playfulness. The Joker would love this. Unlike the frivolous carbonic maceration-dominated Beaujolais, it’s not just fun for fun’s sake; and unlike Burgundy, he needn’t ask the question: “Why so serious?” This is as serious as it needs to be, and playful to match. Game on.

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