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2011 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, Manoir du Carra, 'Non Filtré'
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Area: Beaujolais is to the south of Burgundy. A 'Villages' wine is one step up from a normal Beaujolais but not considered as good as a wine from a named village like Fleurie. BUT remember that a good grower's Villages is often better than a poor Fleurie.....
Grape Variety: 100% Gamay
Producer: Owned for several generations by the Sambardier family. Vines for this wine are above 70 years old, on granite slopes facing south / south east. The yield is 40-45 hectolitres per hectare - which is about half the average
Vintage: 2011 Another great year for Beaujolais - the third in a row. The wines have intensity and body to match the lively freshness of the Gamay grape
Cellar Potential: Drink young but will keep for 5 years
Food Match: Food is where Beaujolais really scores. Yes it's a light wine often drunk on its own, but its lively acidity makes it a great match for light meat dishes (roasts obviously, but also cold meats, salami and hams)
Old Bridge Rating: Outstanding example of the Gamay grape - considerably more gutsy and full flavoured than might be expected from a Beaujolais
Press Reviews: Rosemary George's 18 highly recommended Beaujolais, Decanter Magazine, September 2012: "Fresh but ripe nose and palate. Spicy red cherry fruit and satisfying depth. Bottled un-filtered".
£9.45 per bottle in a mixed case
£8.96 per bottle in an un-mixed case