Monday Sommeliers Soiree – Beaujolais & Beef bourguignon

Our Monday Sommeliers Soiree is a chance to meet our wholesale clients, and other folk that are in the trade. Rather than heading to their places of work, and interrupting what is usually a very busy day, we thought it would be nicer to utilise the table at Wilton way, and invite them all to lunch.

This week, Kerry De Boisseau from the great vineyard of Chateau de Lavernette came to chat about her wines, living in France, Biodynamic wine practice and her interesting backstory – how she came to live in the region of Beaujolais from the climes of the Sonoma Valley.

To start, we were introduced to her sparkling Gamay, Granit, which she began to make after a trip to Champagne. This was many of our first time trying a sparkling Gamay, and the nose was sweet and floral, which hid the steely dryness of the wine.

Next we tried the Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais Blanc 2009.100% Chardonnay that got stuck on the wrong side of the tracks, it could easily qualify to be a white Burgundy from the Maconnais region. The white vines represent only 4% of Beaujolais plantations. The wine is bone dry with a lot of citrus and some stone fruit aromas, the acidity is high and this makes the Beaujolais Blanc fresh and well structured. This is some seriously good value wine.

We followed this with the Chateau de Lavernette Pouilly Fuisse, Cuvee Jean Jacque de Boissieu 2009, a classic style to which many of the English imports don’t do justice. This is one of the exceptions. Hugely famous, the wines produced in Pouilly Fuisse, as found in other famous appellations, often are rather dull. Taking on the challenge, Kerrie tried to bring in some freshness in the rather generic French style of using way too much oak. This results in a wine which is perfectly balanced with fruit & mineral aromas with just a little spread of spicy wood. Even with barrel age it remains fresh.

Following on from the whites, we moved on and began with Domaine de Boissieu Beaujolais Villages 2007 which was originally produced for the American Market. Due to the dive in the economy, the wine never made it to it’s original owner, so now Borough Wines has adopted it, and what a treat it is too.
Made of 100% Gamay, is a result of blending the wines made of the crop of different vineyard plots. It has spicy and deep cherry nose. The wine feels fuller and slightly richer than the thin reds most of the people associate with this region. It is very refreshing, and should be a perfect example of a chilled red wine. Perfect for this particularly changeable summer weather.

Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes 2007 was the final wine we tasted before we embarked on lunch.
Whilst remaining 100% Gamay, this is the most concentrated, single vineyard selection of the estate. It is aged in oak barrel for 22 months, adding to its complexity and texture. This has a great red cherry, berries, and warm earthy forest floor nose. It’s style isn’t dissimilar to Pinot Noir, and you can see the speculation that Gamay is the offspring of Pinot Noir and Gouais – a grape originally introduced by the Romans..

Lunch was served which was made by the hands of Muriel herself – A lovely Beef bourguignon made with white rather than red. All round, this was a pretty good way to start the week. Thanks to all that could make it.

Chateau de Lavernette

All available at Borough Wines, online or in our stores.

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