Sunday, April 28, 2013
Great Crossover Wine
During a normal afternoon of perusing the local wine shelves in upstate New York, I happened upon a wine by Louis Jadot. The wine is Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2010 and is a light, pleasant, red for almost any occasion. The Beaujolais Villages are known for the Gamay grape which is a lighter, fruiter grape from France. To me, Gamay is even smoother and more pleasing to the palate than other crossover red grapes such as Pinot Noir. The Louis Jadot wine is a dark red-purple and has a wonderful aroma of red fruits, especially strawberries. It has a very low level of tannins so it is a great beginner wine for anyone trying reds for the first time. It has a long full taste but is much lighter than a Bordeaux style wine. Serve it with filet mignon, mushroom risotto, or a fattier grilled fish. This wine would be great for a summertime meal or lighter winter fare. It is also just a pleasant drinking wine. It is medium bodied and has a distinct, long finish. A real beauty and a steal for just around $12 at most retail locations. I was lucky enough to find it on sale under $10 at the establishment near me.