The Clos de Haute-Combe in the Beaujolais Cru Juliénas brought a couple of nice bottles to a tasting I attended. A number of better known winemakers presented as well, but the Vincent Audras products from the Clos de Haute-Combe earned their spot alongside some of the “darling” producers.
His 2009 Vielles Vignes Prestige grabbed my attention. It may not be an easy wine to find, but ask for it if you ever have the opportunity. This old vine edition is produced from vines that are at least fifty years old.
The Nose: Black cherry, with some of the cherry tree wood, accented with what my notes called mature red berries.
The Gulp: Plenty of freshness for a Beaujolais consumed three years after harvest, the fruit was all about red berries, the cherry seems to have been all spent on the scent. Nice floral notes swirling around as well. The old vines delivered tannins that served as a solid stage for the fruit and floral spectacle.
Musical Match: Deep roots, fruits of labour, depth, style, class all work to describe Rosanne Cash and the 2009 Clos de Haute-Combe Vieilles Vignes Prestige. Enjoy the Seven Year Ache – and if you can let this wine age for seven years, I think you might be having a a Seven Year Pleasure. Cheers.
Special thanks to Inter Beaujolais for providing all transportation, hotels, meals and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of the Beaujolais wine region of France during a four day tour. The wine discussed in this blog entry was tasted during that promotional tour.