Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Review: **+ 2005 Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Chateau des Bachelards, Beaujolais, France

Original Review August, 2007: This is 2005 appellation Fleurie beaujolais, not to be confused with the more familiar "beaujolais nouveau".

Color is a nice, deep purplish-magenta, just going transparent at the edges. The nose is kind of interesting: if charcoals were a fruit and you could pick a nice, plump, ripe charcoal and smell it, that's what this smells like. There's a touch of dust with the beaujolais fruit. On the palate, this opens up to a big, dry, juicy, fruity experience all around your mouth. Round cherry fruit pairs with prickly acid and moves into all the crannies. A touch of licorice and allspice. Pleasant. Not profound. Not long-lasting. Simple and reasonably distinctive.

Robert Parker was far more enthusiastic than I, offering 90-92 points and saying, "Produced from old vines whose yields were lowered by snow and hail in April (25 hectoliters per hectare), the 2005 Fleurie Chateau des Bachelards explodes from the glass with oodles of waxy red as well as black cherries. A seductive, sensual effort, its medium to full-bodied core boasts terrifically pleasurable waves of flavorful red cherries. This broad wine also sports a long, seamless finish. Drink it over the next 5 years."
July, 2008: Almost a year later, trying the Fleurie again. Aroma, color consistent with that described above. Flavor a bit less prickly and acidic; ends with a nice dusty tone. Almost touches three stars for me, but I'm not compelled to pursue a future bottle, so I'll leave with two stars with a plus for distinction

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