Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Château des Jacques
When I want to open a bottle, I do never think to the Beaujolais. Nevertheless I am quite fond to this wine, probably because it makes me remember my first years in London. Back then on Fridays after work, I went out with the colleagues for a couple of pints. The fragrance of (cheap) Beaujolais mixed with the strong (cheap) perfumes used by the cinghialotte* from Essex infested the air around Canary Wharf. At that time I was younger, slimmer and still not disenchanted by the life. This nectar is on a higher level compared to those ones served normally at the bars. This is a Beaujolais Cru from Mouilin-à-Vent; area well renowned for producing more structured wines. The grape is (obviously) the Gamay. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. You can easily identify the rose and the red fruits. There is also a hint of tomato leaf, a note of black pepper and kirsch. So if you are looking for sweet strawberry and bananas (derived by the carbonic maceration process), you won’t find here. Go for cheaper Beaujolais. As secondary aromas, I can find the cedar, cloves and some charred wood. Instead as tertiaries, there is a dried cranberry and cooked red plum. There is also a light hint of coffee.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, the red fruits are more concentrated, remembering the fruits preserved in alcohol. There is also a hint of liquorice and the coffee aroma is stronger.
The wine is well made: balanced, a bit complex and a good flavour intensity and lasting. But I haven’t fully enjoyed it. It looks a wine that doesn’t know what it wants to be. As said, this nectar is not light and fresh as most of the Beaujolais, and at the same time it hasn’t even got the appealing and complexity of the Pinot Noir planted further north. Anyway the wine is still developing, ready to drink now but with potential for ageing. Actually I will keep a bottle for a couple of years, and I ‘ll let you know then.
Final vote: 88
*Cinghialotte: from the Italian cinghiale = boar. Cinghialotta = dumpy woman characterized by a not fine ankle. Even the massive abuse of dizzy heels does not help to make the cinghialotta look more long-limbed.