To honor the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, I chose a bubbly made from Gamay, the grape that spawns Beaujolais Nouveau. To keep on the cork dork side of things, “Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.” BeaujolaisNouveauDay.com
This wine, Château de Lavernette Granit “Réserve de Lavernette” Blanc de Noirs Brut, was selected by Jim Coley, Wine Director at Gomer’s Midtown,
for one of the December 2013 Discovery Club selections. In the email announcing this choice, Jim wrote “This is a full-on sparkler, and bone dry (hence Brut Nature). The Gamay grape, when used to make a Blanc de Noirs like this one, has a crazy play of strawberry, cherry and tropical fruit over a mineral dryness. It satisfies both the intellectual and sensual parts of the wine mind.” Jim never disappoints and this was no exception. This stuff is absolutely delicous. The only disappointment was the bottle was too small, I drank nearly the whole thing and didn’t get my homework done. Hence, I’m turning it in a day late and clearly flunked “Beaujolais Nouveau Day”.
It’s the little things that please me about wine. This Chateau puts a plastic label on the bottle. It’s so nice to pull the nearly-empty bottle out of the wine bucket and the label hasn’t bled off. If I really like a wine, I always look at the label midway through the bottle to learn something more about it. The back label had a nice writeup by the importer but I did like seeing the bottling and disgorging dates. I know, more cork dorkdom.
The De Boissieu family are descendants of the Lavernette family and have been making wine on their property in Burgundy since 1596. Tastes to me like they’ve figured it out. Can’t wait to find more of this little gem.