Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: *** $$ Potel Aviron Moulin a Vent Vielles Vignes, Beaujolais, France, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: As distinguished from beaujolais nouveau, cru beaujolais wines can be serious red wines made from the same gamay grape, and appropriate even for short- to intermediate-term cellaring.  Today we are tasting an old vine cru beaujolais from the Moulin a Vent region.


Original tasting and review : This is Potel Aviron Moulin a Vent Vielles Vignes, Beaujolais, France, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy with purple highlights, opaque from about an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, deep purple aromatics with a hint of fresh clean laundry.   From the aroma, seems like this will be sleek and deep. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a very full, polished, balanced mouthfeel, surrounded by perfumed violets and crushed mulberries.  Red berries, especially dry red cherries, come through in the aftermath.  Finishes clean and svelte with blackberry and raspberry wisps in your upper palate. A unique cru beaujolais experience.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  It is straining towards a plus with some air time.  There is a smokiness and restraint that suggests air and time in bottle may serve this well.  We'll see...

Following extremely long decant, four days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Clean, deep, fragrant purple fruit on the nose.  The palate has knitted nicely together, weaving the dry red berries together in a tapestry that includes significant acids and some smoky tannins.  Gains my respect for its attitude. 

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