RASIN GAULOIS – Marcel Lapierre

Variety – Gamay

Region – Beaujolais

Country – France

Year – 2009 (ideally)

Price – £12-15.00

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About This Wine

A Beaujolais is not a wine that needs to hide in someone’s cellar for ten years. It’s our type of wine: you buy it, you drink it. Made from Gamay, the lightest red grape cousin of Pinot Noir, Beaujolais are designed for those sunny long weekends when it is perfectly justifiable to pour a glass at midday. When they’re good, they’re good – lively and just a little bit tarty.

Producer Marcel Lapierre was one of Beaujolais’ natural winemaker superstars. He wanted his Gamay grapes to let it all hang loose, get with nature and express themselves. The result is a glass of summer love – tart cherries, fruity raspberries, uncomplicated fun. But this light red has enough going on to ensure that it’s more than a thirst quencher. Easy drinking doesn’t mean simple.

2009 was the year of the Beaujolais – the Goldilocks of vintage. Not too hot and not too cold. If you can find a 2009, congratulate yourself and go wild.

Tip: drink your Beaujolais lightly chilled.

Cheat sheet

Tastes Like:

Red fruit bomb

Goes with:

Spicy tuna with soy (the saltiness will enhance those fruit flavours)

Gusto levels:

Light, chilled, at peace

Drinking style:

With ice – cubes