Jean Bererd et Fils, Domaine de la Madone, AOC/AOP Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, The Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, 2009
In the Beaujolais classification, Beaujolais-Villages sits between plain Beaujolais and the Beaujolais crus. The label can alternatively show Beaujolais-village name, along with the AOC/AOP Beaujolais-Villages designation. The Beaujolais blanc area is at the northern end of the Beaujolais with the crus, bordering the Maconnais. About 5% of the vineyard is planted to the permitted variety chardonnay. The typical ageing span is 2-3 years.
This wine: varietal chardonnay, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, bin end, £4 (was £10)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of bruised dessert apple, baked apple, hay, almost rancid butter, thick rustic honey, aniseed and a hint of ginger.
Palate: a dry wine, low acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (-) intensity, a smooth texture, with lightweight flavours of baked apple and a nutty almond hint. A medium (-) length with a lightly grippy bruised apple finish.
Quality: a poor quality wine (or perhaps faulty wine, though this is not indicated on the nose, so on balance it is too old – since acidity decreases with time), showing a good level of fully developed tertiary complexity on the nose, with good intensity, but this fades away completely on the mid-palate, with lightweight intensity, almost monotone flavour and a quickly fading finish. The wine is flabby with low acidity, reinforcing the notion that it is, as far as consumption goes, well past its best.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is too old, though interesting to see an aged example, a shame that the nose does not follow through.