If you are familiar with this blog, you know I like Beaujolais. I probably even have an extra special place in my heart for the sub-region of Morgon in Beaujolais. My little crush has been aided and abetted by the fact that I got into the 2009 crop, which was particularly generous to Beaujolais.
So here we go with a smallish producer, Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur and two different vintages of their Cuvée Jean Claude Aucoeur 2009 and 2010 from Morgon. Starting with the youthful 2010, the wine has a neutral scent followed by a cherry and blueberry into the gulp. This wine is all about the freshness as it pops around your mouth and cleans up by itself on the way down your throat. Young and quaffable, this wine is very typical of what you want from a year old Morgon.
Her big sister, the 2009 Cuvée Jean Claude Aucoeur isn’t much different, but it is simply better on a couple of levels. The fruit has matured, and the riper, rounder flavours seem to have been churned into a buttery concoction. Nice. The fruit has a stronger blueberry component, which gives this wine a bit more of a signature. The wine makers let the great vintage distinguish itself and have produced a very nice sample of what a Morgon can be, whereas the very decent 2010 shows what a good Morgon typically is. The 2009 costs about 4$ more than the her little sister sells for, but that character bit of age is worth the small jump in price. Maybe a year in your celllar may be enough time to let the 2010 come of age, it would be interesting to go back in one year.
Musical Maches: The crazy legged dancing, the frenetic and catchy rhythms that get people excited about young talent Janelle Monae are exactly what you will get from the 2010 Cuvée Jean Claude Aucoeur form Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur. I can’t wait to see where her career takes her! Enjoy “tightrope.”
For the 2009 Cuvée Jean Claude Aucoeur, I am going with Neneh Cherry’s time tested Buffalo Stance. She never had quite a vintage hit like this one, but this song is a “Signature”piece if there ever has been one.
I hope I convey what these wines have in common with the these two pieces of music that might share some creative threads, separated by time of course.