Unfortunately, those 12 bottles of delightfully juicy, delicious wine made from the gamay grape didn’t last past the 4th of July. But fortunately, possibly the best deal among those particularly Beaujolais bargains is back. The 2009 Georges Duboeuf - Morgon Jean Descombes, is Calvert Woodley’s, Wine of the Week and back on sale for just $11.99 a bottle (regularly $13.99).
Last fall we quoted the rave review by Wine Advocate’s David Schildknecht, who scored it 90-91 points in the August 2010 issue, having tasted the wine from the tank, before it was bottled. He described it as, “Effusively and sweetly fruity as usual, … scented with creme de cassis, black raspberry preserves and pear liqueur; silkenly saturates the palate with rich yet infectiously juicy fruit concentrate; and introduces a saline note that along with its sense of juicy freshness makes for a stimulating finish.”
Since then Wine Spectator’s Alison Napjus, presumably tasting the bottled wine, scored it a whopping 93 points and named it among the magazine’s “Smart Buys” in the February 28 issue. “Light tannins and a smoky mineral note frame this lush red, which displays layers of black cherry, raspberry ganache and tea rose flavors,” she wrote. “There's a spicy thread running through the wine, leading to a fresh, firm finish.”
She advised reader to “Drink now,” which we, of course, did with the bottles we bought in November. But Schildknecht speculated, “This perennially outstanding value will probably pick up more complexity over the next 12-18 months and be worth following for at least twice that long.”
(See November's slideshow for other Beaujolais bottlings to look for or compare prices nationwide and find this wine online or at a wine shop near you.)
At $12 a bottle, we’d suggesting buying by the case. But if you expect a bottle or two to last until Thanksgiving, you may need to buy two cases.
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