Bonny Beaujolais

Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais-Villages 2019, Beaujolais, AUD $29

Beaujolais is enjoying a renaissance in Australia as people look for light, low tannin, unoaked reds for no-fuss, early-drinking enjoyment. This example, from famous Beaune-based burgundy producer Louis Jadot, is right on song. The 2020 has just arrived, but this 2019 wine is still around, benefiting harmoniously from a little time in bottle.

It’s a bright, fresh drop with a sappy, plummy nose, hints of spice and earth. Light to medium in body, it has gulpable, easy mouth-feel with just enough depth and tannin to keep it all together. It’s also sealed with a screwcap which is a very positive thing.

I recently bought a case of a more impressively credentialled Beaujolais, and two of the first three bottles opened were corked. They were promptly and graciously replaced by the importer, but it’s an unnecessary nuisance. When will the French start bottling at least a part of the production of their best wines under screwcap for us Aussies and Kiwis? (Screwcap)

Score: 89 ★★★ – view original tasting note

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: drink over the next year or so

Food: grilled herb-marinated chicken

Stockists: The Wine Emporium, Newstead – Qld (AU only)

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