This past weekend I had the chance to open two Bojos side by side to see how they were doing. Admittedly, it wasn’t completely fair, the Chermette was 2007 and the JP Brun was 2008. That extra year was really important, as I’ve had 2007 JP Brun and it was completely different from the 2008.
The 2008 JP Brun Terres Dorees Vieilles Vignes L’Ancien Beaujolais was the first victim. Right from the start, this smelled gorgeous of light cherries and earth, yet was completely tight and unforgiving. Things in the mouth had yet to come together. This was like looking at the sketch of a beautiful suit, handling and choosing the fabric, but not finishing the stitching job. We decanted this for several hours, and it still refused to come to the party. Smell was great, taste was just not there. I’m holding my remaining bottles for a few more months to let the wine improve as the nose offered lots of promise. The 2007 of this is absolutely fantastic, BTW.
Compare to that, the 2007 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Cuvee Traditionelle Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes was a sex bomb on the nose and in the mouth. With a sappy smell of cherries and light fruit and plums wrapping a core of earth and smoke, you just wanted to sit there smelling it. The palate was similar with a gorgeous mouthfeel that was almost velvety and ended with some crisp minerality with a long finish. Beautiful.
OK, so it wasn’t a real battle, more of a skirmish.