2015 Grille-Midi Fleurie Cru Beaujolais - Jean-Paul Brun
Fresh cranberry, sauteed mushroom, pomegranate husk. Juicy raspberry, barnyard musk, bing cherry. Baking spices, blue flowers, Tuscan kale. Whole strawberry eaten with the leaves still attached, coriander seeds and granite. Beautifully structured with a good grip of tannin and a nice bite of acidity behind the funky fruity freshness. This 2015 Grille-Midi Fleurie Cru Beaujolais by Jean-Paul Brun is some seriously delicious Gamay.
The French wine region of Beaujolais has long had a reputation for making acceptable but unremarkable wine. The last couple decades have seen a few daring vintners step out to challenge that reputation by producing some serious quality-driven juice. High-end Beaujolais is perhaps some of the most underrated wine around and is extraordinarily affordable even for the most desirable bottlings. This wine - produced by boutique vineron Jean-Paul Brun - can be had for a song but is on par in quality with wines exponentially more expensive. It is juicy, refreshing, fruity, and expresses a distinct sense of place. If you don't have any Beaujolais in your home cellar you definitely need to reconsider these terrific wines!