Corrine and Maxence Besson are two of the warmest hosts you can have when visiting the Beaujolais. Generous with the wines they pour with pride, and more than willing to chit chat about them as well. I first met Corrine at a wine show in Montreal. They were one of the few wineries there who were looking for an agency in Quebec, and since they didn’t have any local help with PR, their booth was a little bit quiet. I am always looking to turn over a new stone, so I walked up and got acquainted with her and her wines. Her husband joined us and I ended being very impressed with their Beaujolais blancs (whites) and a number of reds as well. So I tweeted out a recommendation to other bloggers to check them out, and apparently it worked out. They got so much social media attention the SAQ fast tracked them to get their products on their shelves, a Juliénas is there now and I believe a blanc will be there as well, but don’t quote me on that.
The Domaine du Penlis Beaujolais Villages Cuvée Prestige is a vieille vignes (old vine) wine and this particular bottle came from the fine 2009 vintage. On the Nose it was lighter than I was expecting from a vieilles vignes as strawberry and gentle floral notes slow danced in my glass. Into the Gulp, the tempo really picked up, the berry flavours were emblematic of the big and wide fruit that 2009 brought. Pepper seasoned the blend, nice acid kept it fresh and the goodbye kiss was a lighter tannic peck on the cheek.
Musical Match: from a kiss to KISS. This might have been KISS’s least rock and roll tune, as I Was Made For Loving You was a fun Disco hit. The sound was still wide and big, and plenty of depth, but the sound was all freshness. Good Stuff!
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.