Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: *** $$ Carquelin Moulin a Vent Beaujolais, France, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: "Aging" and "beaujolais" are not often words connected in the same thought.  But cru beaujolais are indeed worthy of some degree of aging; perhaps not the eight years we are sampling here, but let's see...

Original tasting and review : This is Carquelin Moulin a Vent Beaujolais, France, 2005, finished at 13.% alcohol and sampled a full
eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep dusty red, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean, fresh wild red cherries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light and gently bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full but exceedingly dry, with shy - almost ascetic - red fruit.  Think dried red raspberry from which any sugar has been removed.  But lively acids coat the cheek and release slow dribbles of fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, because it has immense longevity and will likely be even more enjoyable with some decant time and accompanying food.

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