The Château de Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes Le Clos is a borderline wine. Not that its qualities are hard to judge good or bad, but the Château de Lavernette and hamlet of Leynes and are located at the northern border of Beaujolais, with Burgundy just on the other side of the fence. (Technically Beaujolais is part of Burgundy, but Beaujolais produces seceded from Beaujolais to form their own inter-professional association) The hamlet of Leynes is also bordering on the Saint-Amour cru in Beaujolais. An unfortunate oversight in the classification as this Villages wine is every bit a strong Saint-Amour.
On the Nose: The Château Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes Le Clos pushes strong blue, red and black berries and some good wood.
In the Gulp: Round berries consistent with the nose, with a busy ending medley of salt/spice/tiny chocolate and less tannin than the wood from the nose foreshadowed. This wine has some attitude and ageing potential – I brought a bottle back and will be giving it a whirl in a couple of years.
Musical Match: This wine could suffer from an identity crisis, is it a Beaujolais Villages? Is it a Saint Amour? Is it a Burgundy? But luckily, the wine has no complexes at all. It knows exactly what it is, a fruity wine some muscle and sharp teeth. The Who wrote a song that matches the Château Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes Le Clos, called Who Are You? No shortage of snarl and swagger here. Cheers and enjoy this Gold Record wine!
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.