Domaine David-Beaupère La Croix de la Bottiere Juliénas 2011, Beaujolais, France

Louis-Clément David-Beaupère, winemaker at the Domaine David-Beaupère, seems to be a man of few words. He is heralded as being one the new generation of Beaujolais winemakers who can be part the Beaujolais Two-Point-Zero. He does, fortunately, have a fine vineyard in the Beaujolais cru of Juliénas that does a good job of expressing itself.

The grounds of the Domaine reflect the style of wine Louis-Clement makes, simple architecture, painted white and placed beautifully in the rolling hills. His mother is an accomplished modernist painter, her work adorns the interior of the home. His sister is an aspiring operatic vocalist whose trained voice sings with enough volume for both siblings. This aesthetic seems to have informed his 2011 Domaine David-Beaupère “La Croix de la Bottiere.” On the nose the wine has a creamy red berry opening, followed by floral and a touch of vanilla.

For the gulp, the 2011 Domaine David-Beaupère La Croix de la Bottiere takes that open nose and paints it across a wide open canvas in a chorus of cherry and strawberry, black currant with a dash of minerality. With low tannin and acid, the entire wine is about the round, ripe fruit. It is almost elegant, despite itself. Very nice.

Musical Match: No, not opera… This wine is a wide open, round, fun pop hit. Going back to the 1980s with Roam from the B-52s. I think this wine balances playful and elegant very well – and I think the songs chorus manages to do that as well. Very enjoyable wine, very enjoyable family.

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.

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