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The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

#1 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » July 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm

Like any wine geek, I’ve certainly enjoyed many fine Cru Bojos over the years, but I’ve never visited the area nor ever made it an area of study like I have with many of its more illustrious brethren which grow my absolute favorite wines. Well, I’m watching today’s stage of the Tour de France, which left from Macon, skirted some Puilly-Fuisse vineyards, and is “now” (as I watch on DVR) spending several dozen kilometers winding through Beaujolais. Wow! The whole area is simply stunning with rolling hills, green vineyards, of course, and magnificent chateaux throughout. If you have any interest in the geography of the region, I highly recommend putting down your World Atlas of Wine for a moment and finding a way to watch today’s stage (unfortunately there is no prime time replay tonight like there is most nights, due to a NASCAR event). Short of visiting, all of these road-level and aerial views of the region are the best way to gain an appreciation for the truly magnificent the beauty of the region. Breathtaking. Vive la France, and vive le Tour!

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#2 Post by brigcampbell » July 13th, 2019, 2:22 pm

And it's a great stage.

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#3 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 13th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Better than great, both! I say killer. I love the country elegance of Beaujolais. So delicious, unpretentious, pairs so well with just about everything. I easily drink a bottle per week. And the stage today - wow, no spoilers - but definitely watch it. Lots of dynamics and sub-plots for all of the jersesies and the stage win itself.

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#4 Post by Markus S » July 13th, 2019, 4:12 pm

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm
....unfortunately there is no prime time replay tonight like there is most nights, due to a NASCAR event...
Shit! eff NASCAR....
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#5 Post by GregT » July 13th, 2019, 4:27 pm

What Robert said. It's a good area to bike through, almost as good as the Loire Valley but without the architecture. And the wines are great. Not as dramatic as some regions, but very friendly for the most part and there's some pretty good country cooking that's not all that hard to find as well.
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#6 Post by Dave H. » July 13th, 2019, 6:35 pm

I’ll be there in about a week for a too short stop on a whirlwind trip. Can’t wait to finally see these places I’ve seen on labels for years. Will report back.
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#7 Post by Chris Seiber » July 13th, 2019, 7:33 pm

If it’s so great, why are the wines so cheap? Huh? Huh?

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#8 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 13th, 2019, 7:33 pm

GregT wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 4:27 pm
What Robert said. It's a good area to bike through, almost as good as the Loire Valley but without the architecture. And the wines are great. Not as dramatic as some regions, but very friendly for the most part and there's some pretty good country cooking that's not all that hard to find as well.
Yup.

Loire is my place. Royal architecture. Bread basket of Paris. Phenomenal wines, both white and red. I could retire there.

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#9 Post by Alan Rath » July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm

So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
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#10 Post by GregT » July 13th, 2019, 11:59 pm

It's BYOA.

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#11 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 14th, 2019, 5:37 am

Alan Rath wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm
So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
You are so bourgeois, Alan. I would ship them in, of course.

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#12 Post by David Glasser » July 14th, 2019, 5:44 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 5:37 am
Alan Rath wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm
So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
You are so bourgeois, Alan. I would ship them in, of course.
He’d stock the moat with them.

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#13 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 14th, 2019, 5:54 am

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Frankly, think bigger. The whole river.

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#14 Post by Jorge Henriquez » July 14th, 2019, 5:58 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Better than great, both! I say killer. I love the country elegance of Beaujolais. So delicious, unpretentious, pairs so well with just about everything. I easily drink a bottle per week. And the stage today - wow, no spoilers - but definitely watch it. Lots of dynamics and sub-plots for all of the jersesies and the stage win itself.
By Job! Beaujolais is the Bobby Alfert of Wines!
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#15 Post by T. Williams » July 14th, 2019, 6:26 am

I’m surprised no one has chimed in with an all too serious post about importing wildlife to the EU and possible legal troubles you may end up in.
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#16 Post by dcornutt » July 14th, 2019, 7:06 am

Fleurie is one of the most charming towns. What a beautiful area all the way around.
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#17 Post by Gerhard P. » July 14th, 2019, 7:36 am

French often say instead of honeymoon "going to the Beaujolais" ....
Very nice region ... I´ve been there several times, but unfortunately always for a very short time ...
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#18 Post by William Kelley » July 14th, 2019, 8:37 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 5:54 am
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Frankly, think bigger. The whole river.
What would you pair with alligator in beurre blanc, Robert? I think for me it would have to be old Vatan...
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#19 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 14th, 2019, 9:00 am

Did you see Jayson’s note on the 2013 Vatan with its game note? Spot on, too.

I’m definitely popping a Beaujolais tonight! Did Bordeaux and a 93 Dunn Howell last night. I’m thinking a Lapierre Morgan Sans Soufre.

Great thread to celebrated an “un-celebrated” wine.

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#20 Post by Alan Rath » July 14th, 2019, 9:23 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 5:37 am
Alan Rath wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 9:37 pm
So you could live in a place without alligators? You’re making me question everything I know.
You are so bourgeois, Alan. I would ship them in, of course.
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#21 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » July 14th, 2019, 10:57 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Better than great, both! I say killer. I love the country elegance of Beaujolais. So delicious, unpretentious, pairs so well with just about everything. I easily drink a bottle per week. And the stage today - wow, no spoilers - but definitely watch it. Lots of dynamics and sub-plots for all of the jersesies and the stage win itself.
You aren’t kidding about the stage. I paused it shortly after posting because we had tix to watch our Cardinals defeat the D’Backs. After some yard duties this morning, I just finished watching it. What a thriller! So far, there have been many more audacious efforts than we’ve seen in recent years where it’s just been Sky, Sky, Sky. It is so much more entertaining to see so many guys riding with such panache. No spoilers here either, but chapeau to several great efforts yesterday!

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#22 Post by William Kelley » July 14th, 2019, 12:30 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 9:00 am
Did you see Jayson’s note on the 2013 Vatan with its game note? Spot on, too.

I’m definitely popping a Beaujolais tonight! Did Bordeaux and a 93 Dunn Howell last night. I’m thinking a Lapierre Morgan Sans Soufre.

Great thread to celebrated an “un-celebrated” wine.
I have long wanted to do a blind tasting where both the meats and the wines were blind.

Savart and Ardoisières by the pool here this afternoon, it's too warm for anything else, even cool Beaujolais.
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#23 Post by joz€f p1nxten » July 15th, 2019, 4:43 am

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Like any wine geek, I’ve certainly enjoyed many fine Cru Bojos over the years, but I’ve never visited the area nor ever made it an area of study like I have with many of its more illustrious brethren which grow my absolute favorite wines. Well, I’m watching today’s stage of the Tour de France, which left from Macon, skirted some Puilly-Fuisse vineyards, and is “now” (as I watch on DVR) spending several dozen kilometers winding through Beaujolais. Wow! The whole area is simply stunning with rolling hills, green vineyards, of course, and magnificent chateaux throughout. If you have any interest in the geography of the region, I highly recommend putting down your World Atlas of Wine for a moment and finding a way to watch today’s stage (unfortunately there is no prime time replay tonight like there is most nights, due to a NASCAR event). Short of visiting, all of these road-level and aerial views of the region are the best way to gain an appreciation for the truly magnificent the beauty of the region. Breathtaking. Vive la France, and vive le Tour!
Looking forward to spending a day in the region. Contacted Clos de la Roilette and Daniel Bouland for a visit. The first one answered straight away on Facebook. The second one, I only managed to contact after a month of trying and finally got his cell phone number, on which we call him when we are there. Crazy how some people are not looking for exposure but I guess there it's a good reminder that not everyone wants to be connected and some people are perfectly happy to stay in their little corner of the world ("je suis content d'être dans mon petit coin du monde" as Daniel Bouland explained on the phone). Never been in the region, but looks to be a welcome change to the Cote d'Or!
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#24 Post by Markus S » July 15th, 2019, 4:52 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 7:33 pm
If it’s so great, why are the wines so cheap? Huh? Huh?
Fifty bucks is cheap now for cru Bojo?? [wow.gif]
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#25 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » July 15th, 2019, 5:55 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 7:33 pm
If it’s so great, why are the wines so cheap? Huh? Huh?
Because lemming don’t chase them....

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