Friday, November 16, 2007

Fessy Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

Here are my tasting notes:

Deep cranberry red, slightly translucent

Maybe the color influenced me, but I thought I detected cranberry. There was a Hi-C / Kool Aid type smell.

Almost no fruit. The wine seemed closed straight from the bottle. I couldn't detect flavor until I had swallowed. I could begin to taste the wine after it was in my glass about 45 minutes. My best description is "gamay."

Slight tanic feel. The flavor of the wine seem more present in the finish than when it was in my mouth.

Overall, I was disappointed with this wine. The wine may have done better if I had decanted it for half and hour before drinking, as it seemed to open up a little after a while. The 13.5% alcohol level seemed right, but the lack of much flavor was the biggest impression the wine gave.

I tasted the Bouchard Aine Beaujolais Nouveau yesterday along with the Fessy. The Bouchard was sweeter and the Fessy in the store seemed more flavorful than the one I drank last night. Maybe it was that I had tried the sweeter wine first or that they had had their wines open longer, but the Fessy seemed better at the store yesterday!

I'm going to have to taste the Fessy over several nights and see if my impression changes. Now I want to get the Bouchard and see if it is what made the difference in the tasting.

The Beaujolais Nouveau is such a young wine, it's hard to expect much from it. If I had it with a meal, though, I think I'd be disappointed because there is hardly any flavor. One interesting thing: I've never seen such a pristine cork in a bottle of wine. I wonder how many days (as opposed to months or years) the cork had been in the bottle before I popped it!

1 comment:

Dr. Debs said...

Hey, Orion Slayer! The cranberry comment is interesting. It's the acid, I suspect, as much as the color that is contributing to that sense. Good tasting note!

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