Made by Philippe Vermorel at Domaine de Rochemure from 80+ year old vines, this wine first came to our attention when one of our key suppliers sent down a bottle with a little note saying "try this, you'll love it". And how right he was, the wine is absolutely stunning. Beaujolais Villages doesn't really do it justice, it's so much more than that. The age of the vines means yields are low and this gives the wine a real depth of flavour and additional complexity that raises it to a new level. There's lots of lovely ripe raspberry and cherry fruit there with subtle hints of spice but there's additional notes that really make the wine sing - a hint of smoke, a whiff of blackberry, a touch of herb, a note of violets - lots going on as the wine evolves in the glass. Whilst drinking beautifully, this will age for a few years yet, so squirrel a few bottles away and enjoy the benefits (something we rarely do over here, but when I've tasted aged Beaujolais in France, they are nearly always excellent).
SC Rating - OUTSTANDING (Mike)