Before getting too carried away with the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations later this week Bastille Cafe in Ballard is offering a chance to try a flight of Cru Beaujolais. On Thursday night the space will be jam packed with revelers singing the praises of the fresh, fruity harvest wine. Tonight there is ample space at the stunning zinc bar to dissect and enjoy three expressions village level Beaujolais.
This lighter style of ready to drink Gamey often overshadows the more robust village level wines of Beaujolais. It’s a shame really because there a few wines more perfectly suited to pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. Beaujolais Nouveau could be viewed as not only a coming out party, but an audition for a space on your Thanksgiving table.
The three wines in the flight at Bastille share similar characteristics in fruit and balance. Each has its own weight, body, and singular terroir focus.
2014 Domaine de la Grand Cour Clos de la Grand Cour Fleurie – heady spice notes mix with the cherry and dark earth. Fine tannins, balancing acidity.
2014 Bouland Delys Morgon – a young terroir driven style of Gamey with pronounced herbal notes on the finish. Would benefit from more bottle age or a long decant before opening.
2012 Chignard Beauvernay Julienas – the most terroir driven wine of the lot. Chalky stone note with hints of cherry pits and fine tannins providing structure and balance to a wine that could develop for another 3-5 years.