There seems to be a bias against all Beaujolais because of the insipid quality of most Beaujolais Nouveau. Because the grapes for nouveau are picked early, they often have insufficient ripeness of flavor and natural sugar and must be chaptilized (sugar is added to get the right alcohol level). The wine is then rushed through the aging process in time for early November shipment, only two months after harvest. For regular Beaujolais, like this one, growers can wait for optimal picking time and age the wine properly before bottling because it won’t be released until the following spring at the earliest.
The 2015 harvest in Beaujolais was perhaps the best in two decades. Temperatures were a little higher and rainfall a little lower than what the vines wanted. The resulting stress led to lower yields of concentrated berries that made unusually intense wines full of delicious, ripe fruit. Our selection has the advantages of this great vintage and old vines. As vines get older, they generally produce fewer, more concentrated grapes. The resulting wines are more intense, more complex, and better balanced. The best wineries in Bordeaux and Burgundy don’t even use vines that are less than 15 years old for their primary labels!
Domaine Romy is located in the Pierres Dorées region of southern Beaujolais. Father and son Dominique and Nicolas Romy manage their vineyards using Terra Vitis principles of sustainable viticulture for biological balance of the soil. They grow 60 acres of vines on clay and limestone the old-fashioned way, with grass growing between the vines. They do a “green harvest,” cutting off some clusters before they turn color to lower yields even more and increase grape quality. This wine was traditionally fermented with whole clusters and a 7-9 day vatting period. It has a purity of fruit flavor, showing lip smacking strawberry, redcurrant, and cherry character along with smooth tannins and bright acidity. This lithe wine is enormously pleasing and can take a light chill. It will continue to soften over the next few months.