2012 Henry Marionnet Touraine Première Vendange

Gimme! Gimme! This is a 100% Gamay wine from the Touraine - furthermore, it’s bottled with no sulfur! Definitely smells like Gamay on the nose - yumberries, strawberries, graphite, stone, iron, and bramble. Graphite on the attack on the palate; red fruit and bramble on the finish. Metallic. Cool stuff!

4/5 bones



12.5% abv

Touraine, FRANCE

Hot spiced wine is a lovely spin on the typical Wine Wednesday choices, with cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and citrus flavors. Try this recipe by Leite’s Culinaria.


  • 2 bottles light-bodied red wine, such as pinot noir, gamay, or cabernet franc
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  •  Strips of zest from 1 orange, preferably organic
  •  Strips of zest from 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • 3 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 1 clove, crushed
  • 1 star anise, crushed
  • ½ cup kirsch (optional)

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2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

The last couple of years have been good to Cru Beaujolais. These long misunderstood subregions have recently begun to see some time in the spotlight, in large part due to the freakishly structured and concentrated wines of the 2009 vintage. As a result, prices have begun to creep up, but it’s hard to blame the people selling them. For too long, micro-growers of Fleurie, Morgon, and Brouilly struggled to sell their wines, precluded by the blanket reputation of plonk that Georges Dubeuf profitably built for Beaujolais in the latter half of the 20th century. The release, and subsequent critical acclaim, of 2009 wines last year served as the tipping point for a Cru Renaissance here in the United States. 

In America, we like numbers. We buy based on stock IPOs rather than long term projections, promote or demote baseball players on an essential “.300” average, and admission or rejection to our universities is largely dependent on a test score. It’s only natural that we select wines based on vintage. 

The 2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon is hopefully a wine that will make you second guess all of that. This isn’t Beaujolais that impresses with sheer concentration, structure, and body like the 2009 incarnation. Instead, it charms and seduces with its “girl next door” character. The bright and fresh crushed berry aromas unfold with oxygen, coupled with floral perfume and earthy elements. The palate is lithe and fresh. Every sip taken makes you yearn for another. Before you know it, the bottle is empty, which should be the real barometer for vintage quality. After all, the ultimate compliment you can pay a wine is the inability to leave a single drop of it. Based on that, this 2010 is hard to beat. 

While Lapierre’s wines are becoming hard and harder to find, the good news is that many of the 2010 vintage Cru Beaujolais I’ve had the pleasure to taste share this same “drinkability”.  While the Vintage Charts may not reflect it, 2010 may actually be a better source than 2009 for sheer pleasure at this stage of the game.

Domaine Des Michelons 2007 Moulin A Vent

Translation: Wind Mill - Easy

The Grape: Gamay aka The Red Headed Stepchild of Burgundy

Lie: To your Friends, decant and tell them it’s $$ Pinot. They won’t know.  

Body: Sophia Loren 

Magic: Mushroom, and Dark Fruit Nose 

Flavors: They’re all there.

Grill: Lamb Kabobs and Veg. This Beaujolais accepts the challenge.

Buy It!

Wine of the Week – July 8, 2011

Henry Fessy 2009 Morgon

Unfortunately the only time most people have heard of Beaujolais is from ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’: the wine that comes out every November that’s so fresh it’s more like fruit juice than wine. Beaujolais wines can offer so much more than Nouveau and this one from Morgon is a steal.

With Beaujolais Nouveau being made in such huge quantities it is often the wine that people will try first from the area… then automatically think that all wines labelled Beaujolais are light and simple. This is definitely not the case. It’s best to think of Beaujolais as having three distinct levels of quality: Beaujolais Nouveau wines are the most basic and fresh; wines labelled Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages have been aged for longer and have more depth to them (Villages are generally better); any of the areas labelled as a Beaujolais Cru are the most serious and are of the highest quality.

Unfortunately, due to the bad preconceptions that people can have when they hear the word Beaujolais, wines from the 10 different Beaujolais Crus (or areas) often don’t use the word Beaujolais on the label. The winemakers will often distance themselves from anything that could relate to Beaujolais Nouveau. Thankfully this Morgon from Henry Fessy does make a point of being from Beaujolais, but the 10 Crus you will see on labels are: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Régnié and Saint Amour.

The first thing you’ll notice about this wine is that it is definitely not light. This has quite a lot of body and it’s packed with flavour. It has loads of red fruit flavours (especially cherry), but also a chalky savoury edge. The wine is incredibly smooth and silky in the mouth, so it’s a great wine to try if you generally find red wines to be too bitter. It’s also worth putting a bottle of this in the fridge 15 minutes before you serve it.

At under £10 this wine is a real bargain. If you buying a red wine from Burgundy – which is just up the road – you won’t find anything of comparable quality for close to this price. Buy this now before everyone realises how underpriced Beaujolais wines are!


Colour: Red

Made from: Gamay

Say it: Gah-may

Made in: Beaujolais, France

Say it: Bow-jol-lay

Drink with: Duck

Priced at: £9.49

Buy from: Waitrose


THE LADY: Domaine de la Grand’ Cour Brouilly Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France, 2010 • THE TUNE: Austra – Lose It (2011)

The Personality: ingenuous, she has the freshness and the pinky shyness of a teenager. Her crystalline voice goes along with her easy/frivolous/candy/violet character. Though you try to kiss her, she gives you an unexpected tannic slap, like sunburn in the winter. Tangy, ambiguous and playful, this young pretty girl loves women and she screams it (Singapore, 2011)

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THE LADY: Charly Thévenet Grain & Granit Régnié, Beaujolais, France, 2009 • THE TUNE: Morphine - Buena (1993)

The Personality: with a smoky, meaty mood, a caressing texture, a dashing allure, this is a middleweight boxer that comes from an attractive and promising young domain (Charly is the son of famous “Gang of Four” Morgon producer Jean-Paul Thévenet and purchased this parcel of eighty-year-old vines a few years ago). He is street-smart, well-built, skilled, nervous and racy. He is more complex than you would think, he smiles at you with a candid charm that makes you secretly wonder about his dark side… (Singapore, 2011)

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THE LADY: Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France, 2010 • THE TUNE: Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

The Personality: precise, tight tannins coupled with a bright but yet integrated acidity, it has the graceful agility of the flowing backhand of an experienced tennis player. This boy has a wild and timeless elegance, a fine muscle structure and a rock’n’roll-esk class. With such natural skills, there is no question he will age beautifully (Singapore, 2011)

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THE LADY: Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette, Beaujolais, France, 2009 • THE TUNE: Patsy Cline – Walkin’ After Midnight (1957)

The Personality: it feels like your fingertips are brushing wet dirt and silk at the same time, a mix of sadness and attractiveness. It is a little, imposing cuvée with an elegant animality. Generous, dense, juicy, peppery, it wakes up your carnivorous desire and has the erogenous effect of the anticipation of a great steak. It is a bossy lady with a bewitching voice who is excellent company through to the end of the night (Singapore, 2011)

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Wine Holiday: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrive!

Hi everyone. My name’s Amanda, and I love Beaujolais Nouveau.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not the quality, or Georges du Boeuf, or the snazzy packaging they come up with each year. It has more to do with wine- this is the first new vintage out for 2011. So exciting! I love looking forward to that third Thursday in November- in the wine industry, this time of year can be exhausting- and knowing that when I leave my wine tasting that night (and I’ll have one, it’s the Thursday before Thanksgiving), there will be a fresh new bottle for me to test out. It’s a transient bottle- only lasts for a couple months, really. But Beaujolais Nouveau has been a holiday to me ever since I appreciated wine, and I guess I can’t shake the connection between my discovery of wine and the fun and sometimes questionable mystery of Beaujolais Nouveau.

I am extremely pleasantly surprised with this year’s Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Last years had some weird banana flavors going on (a girlfriend and I dumped the bottle), but this year’s is truly enjoyable. You can’t miss the raspberry color will literally leap out at you from the glass, and the fruity aromas are tough to miss. Jammy! It is made with 100% Gamay grapes and is pleasant, light, and fruity. I call Beaujolais Nouveaus “gateway reds,” meaning that they’re great for white wine or non-wine drinkers to make the jump to reds, and this one is no exception.

I asked the winemaker I worked for in Beaujolais years ago why the Beaujolais made the first new vintage of a year and not Bordeaux producers, Loire producers, etc. The answer was simple: They thought of it first. But even though that is probably the true and unromantic explanation, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to separate Beaujolais from the posters in French restaurant windows, the grape balloons outside of Paris cafes, and the excitement of the winemakers in Beaujolais when they talk about their new vintage. Laugh if you will, but I still love it. Beaujolais Nouveau!!

Le Beaujolais Primeur est arrivé!

Seit 1953 ist ab dem dritten Donnerstag im November der Beaujolais Primeur oder Nouveau im Handel erhältlich. Weine aus dem Beaujolais, die noch im Jahr ihrer Herstellung in den Handel dürfen, tragen diese Bezeichnung. Freunde dieses Jungweins können sich dieses Jahr besonders freuen, denn die Gamay-Ernte 2009 ist nach Expertenmeinungen besonders gut ausgefallen.

Obwohl dieser Tropfen von vielen Kennern skeptisch betrachtet wird, ist um den Primeur ein wahrer Kult entstanden. Bistros in Frankreich werden um Mitternacht aufgesucht, um die Ankunft dieses Weins zu zelebrieren. Zu diesem Anlass begab sich heute Nachmittag das REXVINI-Team auf die Suche nach Beaujolais Primeur Weinen im Preisbereich von 5 Euro. Gefunden wurde bei Jacques Weindepot ein Chateau de Chanzé Beaujolais nouveau 2009 und im Rindchens Weinkontor der Chateau de Pizay 2009. Heute noch werden die Flaschen des großen Jahrgangs 2009 für REXVINI getestet – bald gibts auch dort die ersten Einträge zu den erwähnten Weinen!


Vincent Caillé 'La Part Du Colibri' Gamay

Vincent Caillé ‘La Part du Colibri’ Gamay
Price: $11.99
Region: Loire Valley, France
Year: 2013
Retailer: DomaineLA 

Ah, my affair with Gamays continue. I just can’t quit these fuckers. 

I love this Gamay because it’s meeting in the middle between the girl I was and the woman I’ve become. It’s a fancy French wine, but on a budget. I remember the first time I bought $12 wine. I won’t name names, but I remember not being that impressed with it in comparison to the $3 - $6 I was drinking.

Well, this is a huge difference. There is such a huge difference between a large producers $12 and small producers $12. It’s like comparing Kraft cheese to Tillamook.

Tillamook is still a larger producer.
But their Sharp Cheddar is BOMB AS HELL, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
(Plus it’s still in the relative price range, ya dig? Can’t be telling you to give up shredded bags for Hooks ten year aged, now can I?)

The fucking point is, this wine is delicious and a steal. It’s lively and lovely and will please both eccentric red wine lovers and light red wine lovers alike. 

I have to go because it’s Friday and my friends are here and I’ve been working all week on a sample chapter for my book that I finished last night– yes, my book you read that correctly, very exciting stuff, sorry that’s why I haven’t been around, thank you to everyone who has been a supporter + fuck you to the commenter who said I talked like I was twelve last week, seriously suck my dick– SO. THIS IS MY TIME TO CHILL. WHICH YOU ALL KNOW I VALUE AND RELISH IN. 


Which is true.
You’re never getting your bedroom back.
It’s mine now.
Your dad and I and Vincent Caillé Gamay are all best friends now.
100% not sorry. xoxoox

Tasting Notes: Gorgeous garnet color, like seriously? Someone get me some earrings made of this shit. The bouquet is super fresh, like wet lemongrass and rosemary tanning in the summer sun. The palate is bright, with lots of blackberries and lavender. I kinda want a candle of this. But it does not taste like a candle. Except maybe it does cause I own some expensive ass candles I’d definitely be down to drink.

Ross Test: Very good. A little acidic on the back end, but still, very good. 


#food #vinnaturel #vin #cooking #gamay


THE LADY: Domaine Jacques Maillet Autrement, Vin de Savoie, France, 2007 • THE TUNE: Marilyn Manson - Apple Of Sodom (1997) [Lost Highway Soundtrack]

The Personality: this animal has an earthy and unconventional charm, a thin but solid skeleton shaped by a blood-colored, juicy flesh. Weird… the sexual orientation and the gender identity here are pretty hard to define. Is that because of the eclectic assemblage (Gamay, Pinot Noir, Mondeuse)?? Dressed with a beautiful, bewitching label, this exquisite creature leaves you with a hypnotic feeling. A mysterious complexity that makes you want to go back to it again, and again… and again (from West Side Wine, NYC, 2011)

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"commencer! svp!"

quality day. it was the last day of our language and civilization courses. then for our reunion at rennes deux (as you can see in the reblogged post), we had a wine tasting slash wine education class. drinking wine for class? um. yes please. title comes from me and kat’s created chant for our wine course to start.

we tried four wines: two whites and two reds. we haaaad: 

+ porriere 2011: chardonnay
+ domaine 2009: sauvignon
+ gamay 2009
+ syrah 2009

i think my favorite was the syrah, but they were all quite tasty! even kathryn liked them!

tonight: kathryn, miranda et moi drank some cider and chatted.

tomorrow is the first day of my courses with CIREFE, however, i don’t have any! i am going to go to psychopathology and clinical psychology of children a la fac as they say. which is an expression for the university with the real frenchies. hopefully, i can follow along well enough. if so, i am planning to audit the class for the rest of the semester.

bed time! class doesn’t start until 10:30 tomorrow. so excited to sleep in.

Domaine Robert Serol Vieilles Vignes 2008

I recently made a mental list of my favorite grapes while trying to fall asleep, and Gamay was #2 on my list of reds. Here’s why. A sub-$15 bottle of super juicy, highly acidic light bodied wine from the Loire Valley that goes with anything and everything. Really delicious. The tasting notes on the vineyard’s web site says “aromas of black fruit and red fruit with spice and mineral.” Sounds right. 

Great wine.

Probably the tastiest Beaujolais Nouveau I have tried! This is a clear medium purple color wine. Clean on the nose, with medium+ aromatic intensity of bubble gum, strawberry, red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and banana. Fully developed. Dry on the palate with medium+ acidity, medium- ripe and soft-grained tannins, medium alcohol level, medium body and pronounced flavor intensity displaying bubble gum, strawberry, red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and banana. The generous fruit is balanced by the lively acidity and it has a medium+ length. The quality is very good for a youthful and expressive wine.