On to reviewing one of my 4 new wines that I purchased March at Auchan. I now plan to buy 20 bottles of wines that I have bought before, and know I like, and 4 new ones to try out. I will mainly buy more expensive ones for this choice of 4.
This month, a Hospices de Beaujeu Bourgogne Gamay at €8.40. All of my regular favourites are under €8. Just reviewed by me.
- Hospices de Beaujeu
- Domaine Cuvee Messire de Tremont Bourgogne Gamay
- €8.40 at Auchan
Aroma: Very nice elegant and quite strong without being overpowering. Soft fruits, mellow.Me
Taste: Also very nice. At only 12.5%, quite light, but still a nice chewy bite and depth to it. Lighter cherry tones.
It is good to get a few more expensive bottles when doing a bulk shop in France. This is a bit more than my regular purchases which are generally between €3 to €8. And a very nice purchase too. I will look out for this when next in Boulogne (not long now, going in July, yippee). I am always interested to see what some real wine reviewers say, so I did a search on this wine to see what comes up.
Most searches show sites that are also selling this wine. The first thing I notice when looking up this wine, and getting links to UK sites, is the price difference on these different sites. Ranging from £8.87 to £16.75. However this may be due to different years. But all more than I paid at Auchan in Boulogne.
From Majestic Wines (at £12.99)
“This Gamay has a classic Burgundian character with lots of fruit flavours and woody notes.”
From Whighams Wine Club (at £16.75)
“a classic Burgundian character, with complex fruit flavours and delicate woody notes.”
From an online comment on Vivinio (at £8.87)
“My first Gamay and it’s a really delicious one, coming with 13% abv. and aged in French oak for 8 months. Purple colour with ruby red rims. Red cherry, red currants and rose hip paired with scents of dusty earth and a stony minerality, leather, oak, cocoa and some floral flavours. Similar on the bone dry palate with plenty of red fruits, leather, a pronounced minerality and smooth oak and vanilla aromas. Med body, low tannins and a fresh acidity. Medium length finish. Overall well balanced.”
The second thing I notice (after the price differences) is how similar the two comments on Majestic Wines and the Whighams Wine Club sites are. Maybe one copied the other, and slightly changed the text to avoid accusations of plagiarism. Also both of these comments are quite brief. No lengthy poetic description. They both use the term ‘woody’ which I agree with and may start using this term myself.
Best comment I found was from an subscriber to the Vivinio website. This allows members to submit their own reviews. And a very descriptive and detailed review this was. Cannot disagree with the main points of ‘really delicious’ and ‘overall well balanced’. More expensive than most of my Boulogne bought purchases, but well worth it as it was very nice.
Update on last months post
Quick update about last months post. That was a review of the book ‘The Periodic Table of Wine’ by Sarah Rowlands. I sent her a message via the Association of Wine Educators website. (This is a useful site, well worth a look). And I got a charming email back. “The writing style is engaging and clear. Your wine knowledge showed without deterring the reader”…“I am tickled pink that you have done this” Thanks Sarah.