2007 Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour
Producer: Domaine des Billards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Gamay
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November 2009
($20) Bright red. A deeply perfumed bouquet displays raspberry and redcurrant, with notes of smoky minerals and flowers adding complexity. Mineral-driven, juicy red fruit flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and lifted by a note of blood orange. Racy and pure, with strong finishing cut and a persistent floral note. This wine will age on its balance. (David Bowler Wines, New York, NY)
Made from the Gamay grape, the red wines of Beaujolais are mostly exuberantly fruity and brisk wines that are often served lightly chilled for added refreshment. There is also a small amount of white Beaujolais, made from Chardonnay, but little of this is exported to the U.S. Today, the overwhelming majority of Beaujolais production is controlled by negociants, of whom Georges Duboeuf is the undisputed king.
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Gamay is the primary grape of Beaujolais, a region administratively considered part of the Burgundy wine growing region, but one that has a climate closer to that of the Rhone. Wine produced here appears in your glass in essentially three forms: Nouveau, Beaujolais Villages, and Cru Beaujolais.
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