TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)

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TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)

#1 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 29th, 2020, 12:33 pm

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-UCb3zJFk ... 2j57mlu876

Honestly, this is about the best thing I’ve seen a wine critic do in recent times. Perhaps partly it is due to William providing such depth of attention and context to a region that other critics do not, and most do not seem to understand, at least not very well. Partly it is due to William’s lexicon and ability to describe impressions and thoughts in such a very visually appealing way. And of course, with that smug, refined British accent and his Oxfordian mannerisms, you just know that this cat is smarter and more cultured than you. And yes, I don’t mind his little jab on the Bouland, “no overt sucrosity of fruit . . . .” [wow.gif] “I have a few for my cellar . . . cases . . . .” LOL, love it.

Seriously, this is worth every second of the 8-minute watch. Would love to see more content delivered in this fashion. It would be worth the price tag, even for those of us that actually do not subscribe to anything. So cool if more critics and winemakers would do this now during our shelter-in-place time for CV19 (yes, Fu, I am doing some sheltering).

These are three of my annual Beaujolais buys, in addition to Roilette, Thivin, Lapierre and occasionally, Vissoux. Very cool to see these gems get in-depth coverage. World class wine at very nice pricing.
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#2 Post by GregT » March 29th, 2020, 12:59 pm

Yeah it was a nice piece. Thanks for sending the link!
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#3 Post by AlexS » March 29th, 2020, 2:27 pm

Awesome! Thx for posting.
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#4 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 29th, 2020, 2:28 pm

Fun video, but is it OK to drink Beaujolais if you did not attend Oxford or Cambridge?
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#5 Post by John Morris » March 29th, 2020, 3:03 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Fun video, but is it OK to drink Beaujolais if you did not attend Oxford or Cambridge?
Actually, I believe that graduates must receive special dispensation from their institution to drink the stuff. You know the rules, claret and port.
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#6 Post by A G Aguirre » March 29th, 2020, 3:11 pm

Great video
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#7 Post by Markus S » March 29th, 2020, 3:20 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 12:33 pm
These are three of my annual Beaujolais buys,...
But, but...do you really enjoy Metras with age? I find they are best out of the gate.
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#8 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 29th, 2020, 3:59 pm

100%, Marcus. I was just staring at some 2015 Metras a few minutes ago, jonesing for a quality Beaujolais. I have no basis to say this other than gut instinct, but I think they are made to be enjoyed promptly and storage carries some long-term risk. And they are amazingly expressive and aromatic on release, so for me, why wait.

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#9 Post by m. ristev » March 29th, 2020, 4:01 pm

i had a 12 metras fleurie not long ago that was sublime. better than several bottles of 11 ultime. i am sure they age quite well, but not without a certain risk.
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#10 Post by ryancurry » March 29th, 2020, 5:08 pm

I recently drank through a few 1997 Metras Fleurie. Every bottle was fantastic. Exotic and delicious. Still very well put together.
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#11 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 29th, 2020, 5:12 pm

Ok I’m eating some words on Metras, inspired by William to pop one today:

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2014 Metras l’Ultime.

Granted, this is supposedly the flagship cuvee, and it ain’t cheap!

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#12 Post by Peter Kleban » March 29th, 2020, 5:15 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Fun video, but is it OK to drink Beaujolais if you did not attend Oxford or Cambridge?
Only if you can pronounce "Beaujolais" correctly. neener [cheers.gif]
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#13 Post by theocorrel » March 29th, 2020, 5:30 pm

Robert - I believe that is Oxonian mannerisms.... (but, hey, the Brits are proving as stupid as we are/vice versa).

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#14 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 29th, 2020, 5:33 pm

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Robert - I believe that is Oxonian mannerisms.... (but, hey, the Brits are proving as stupid as we are/vice versa).

You are calling William a cow, a steer? I mean, I know I’m a yak, but William is above that fray. Maybe a Texas Longhorn? That’s a lot of bull. Damn this Ultime is wonderful, just finishing glass three.

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#15 Post by Cris Whetstone » March 29th, 2020, 5:45 pm

Very cool coming on the heels of the thoughts he shared in the recent thread here. Thanks for sharing.
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#16 Post by C Chen » March 29th, 2020, 6:05 pm

Great video. His IG page has me wanting Armagnac, too!
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#17 Post by William Kelley » March 30th, 2020, 2:38 am

Thanks very much for all the kind words, everyone! That's very encouraging.

I'm stuck in Beaune but I have a lot of wine to taste through for various articles this Spring, as well as a nicely stocked cellar, so I will make a few more videos. Did one on old Beaujolais (as a counterpoint to the 2018s) last night which I'll post soon.
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#18 Post by Julian Marshall » March 30th, 2020, 2:50 am

I'm not a Beaujolais drinker but enjoyed the video anyway - thanks and well done, William!

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#19 Post by Rich Salsano » March 30th, 2020, 5:03 am

Great video. I watched yesterday. Glad to hear good things about 2018 and it sounds as though it confirms my understanding of it being more of a drink early vintage.
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#20 Post by Josh Grossman » March 30th, 2020, 7:36 pm

You all inspired me to pop a ‘18 tonight:
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Not too ripe and nice tannins on the end. Built to age and on the Pinot side of the curve.

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#21 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm

Oh that’s cool, the La Chappelle cuvee!!

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#22 Post by William Kelley » March 30th, 2020, 11:51 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Oh that’s cool, the La Chappelle cuvee!!
That is one of the real highlights of the range in 2018!
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#23 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 31st, 2020, 4:32 am

William Kelley wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 11:51 pm
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Oh that’s cool, the La Chappelle cuvee!!
That is one of the real highlights of the range in 2018!

William -

What’s the story behind all these Thivin cuvees now? I’ve been buying Thivin for as long as I can remember, and these cuvees like La Chappelle, Zachariah, Griottes, Bertrand, et al, just seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Perhaps they were made before and my go-to retailers did not carry them. I have the 2017 Zachariah last year and it was flat out stunning. Also, is there a hierarchy among them, or just different vineyards?

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#24 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » March 31st, 2020, 4:37 am

Ok dummy me, google is my friend. An excellent website in English, describing quite nicely the range of wines and the details of all recent vintages:

https://www.chateau-thivin.com/en/wine/

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#25 Post by William Kelley » March 31st, 2020, 4:54 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 4:32 am
William Kelley wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 11:51 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Oh that’s cool, the La Chappelle cuvee!!
That is one of the real highlights of the range in 2018!

William -

What’s the story behind all these Thivin cuvees now? I’ve been buying Thivin for as long as I can remember, and these cuvees like La Chappelle, Zachariah, Griottes, Bertrand, et al, just seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Perhaps they were made before and my go-to retailers did not carry them. I have the 2017 Zachariah last year and it was flat out stunning. Also, is there a hierarchy among them, or just different vineyards?
As you've seen, the website explains the particularities of the various lieu-dit cuvées. None of them are directly exported to the USA, however, so anything you are finding is not coming via Kermit.
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#26 Post by David_K » April 22nd, 2020, 1:26 pm

Great video, agree!

Anyone else tasted any 2018 Foillard? Starting to see some offers, but few notes.
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#27 Post by Mattstolz » April 22nd, 2020, 2:01 pm

I really have enjoyed this entire series of talks, thanks William!

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