The namesake and owner of the Domaine Richard Rottiers isn’t your typical Beaujolais producer. He has some catchy names for his wines, like his Derniers Souffles (last breath) as it is grown just beside a cemetary. He is not shy about marketing his wine the way some New World producers do. Richard came back to France after making wine in Australia and South Africa – where he was part of the team that vinified wines like Goats-do-Roam. Even if he didn’t learn any wine-making there, he at least picked up a knack for naming his wines with a sense of humour. The 2010 Domaine Richard Rottiers Moulin-à-Vent Climat Champ de Cour doesn’t have a catchy name, but the wine does grab your attention – with merit.
The Nose: Call it his Aussie influence, but the wine smelled remarkably ripe for a Beaujolais, with blueberry wafting from the glass. And also some chocolate. I am not a chemist, but I was quite surprised by that – and pleased. I love chocolate covered blueberries more than I like blueberries or chocolate on their own.
The Gulp: Richard Rottier’s Climat Champ de Cour Moulin-à-Vent delivered big fruit (blueberry was the strongest) black pepper, acid and even some of that chocolate in the middle.
Musical Match: This wine had the fruity, drinkable Beaujolais characteristics with an extra punk rock attitude punch up. From the days just before Green Day got really big, the Doughboys were playing their brand of happy punk with extra attitude packed in. Their songs were written in classic pop tradition, but musicians played them like they had been on a steady diet of Red Bull. Listen to Shine.
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.