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Domaine Dupueble Beaujolais 2007

May 7, 2009


~$12US ,100% Gamay, Beaujolais, France

Kermit Lynch has deep roots in Beaujolais. His portfolio includes some of the brightest stars and staunchest supporters of the appelation – Chignard, Foillard, Thevenet, etc.  This entry-level offering was priced right and new to me, so I gave it a whirl.

It poured a medium violet, bright and vibrant. The nose was ridiculously candied – like those giant candy gem-rings, fakey-cherry, with Twizzlers and maybe a banana Runt. I  really wanted to pick up any something else, but it was all candy, all the time. The palate was clean and medium-light with healthy acidity and mild edge of tannins – and it finished well…but that candy was just overpowering. I struggled pairing it with food; Gamay tends to play well with others due to its acidity and lighter body, but the almost synthetic fruitiness was tough to tame.

I gave it 24 hours with a cork on the counter, and it improved (less confectionery) but remained simple, fruity and just kinda there. It’s definitely not spoofulatedly over-extracted, oaky, or anything like that – there is certainly purity and freshness of fruit, but the candy deal just isn’t my thing.

Go for it if you like Twizzlers and Runts.

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