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2009 Domaine des Cretes Beaujolais Cuvee des Varennes
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2009

Bright medium red.  Exotic, floral aromas of crushed cherry, sandalwood, blood orange and mint.  Juicy and penetrating, with excellent cut to the cherry, spice and orange peel flavors.  This wine will melt the fat off your grilled sausage.  Finishes with a light dusting of tannins.

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second taste
09/16/2011
by bordeaux10186811
when i first reviewed this in 2011 i gave it 4 stars, and was perspicacious enough to reserve 2 bottles. last nite (7/28/12) we drank one with a wonderful white pizza, and it was superb - 5 stars. although i don't identify all of the individual 'spices and fruits' that experts do, luscious grape is evident from the first taste, but not overwhelming - same for the alcohol - just a hint, not overwhelming. can't (but will) wait for the last bottle.
Excellent Beaujolais
07/01/2011
by muscat13898156
I was introduced to French wine during a long summer in 1969. Since that time the general taste in wines, even in France, has tended toward somewhat denser, fruitier types. The '09 Domaine des Cretes Beaujolais Cuvee de Varennes reminds one of classic French wines - - fresh and light as Beaujolais should be but also complex, not over-fruity and just a bit acidic. Right with many kinds of dishes. - - Baron Grimm

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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

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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