2016 Vingt Dieux Beaujolais
This week’s wine is a 2016 Beaujolais from Lantignie, France. I got this wine a few months ago in my Winc delivery. Since I was traveling so much these past few months, and wasn’t staying in one place for very long, this is my first Winc delivery in 3-4 months, and honestly, I’m a little disappointed in it. I was so spoiled with incredible wine in Spain and Portugal, and it refined my taste buds a bit. I’m contemplating canceling my Winc subscription and only buying from local wine shops from now on. Anyways, even though I didn’t love this wine, I did find it to be very interesting. Lantignie is a commune in the Rhone area of France. In the mid 1900’s it was mined by the French, and the soil still has that minerality. The commune is known for hosting its annual Charrois Gourmands. It’s a celebration of wine, food, and music. Visitors ride through the area in chariots, and stop every kilometer to taste local wine, eat good food, and listen to music. The night before the event, there firework celebration and a ball. It’s a small area that puts on a big event.
I mentioned that I wasn’t a big fan of this wine, but it was still an interesting wine. I wasn’t crazy about it because it wasn’t what I wanted from a Beaujolais. When I poured myself a glass, it smelled like a typical Beaujolais. I could smell red fruits, like cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate, and I got a hint of an herbiness to it. It had a lighter scent, which I expected, nothing to heavy or dark. When I tasted it, it was almost too light. It had a zestiness to it that’s more typical of white wines. I got hints of cranberry and grapefruit alongside the cherry and raspberry that I initially smelled, and the herbiness was accompanied by a crisp, grassy and salty note. It had a minerality to it that I like in a Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Riesling, but that I didn’t love in this Beaujolais. The typical soft drinkability of a Beaujolais that I enjoy was overwhelmed by the bright minerality of the wine. You could really taste the characteristics of the soil in this wine, and while that’s always interesting and a way for the wine to communicate, I personally didn’t enjoy it this time. I paired this wine with pasta in a butternut squash and pumpkin sauce, with italian chicken sausage and spinach. This dish would have gone perfectly with a more typical Beaujolais, but the zestiness didn’t go great with the warm heartiness of the pasta.