Gamay * 75cl * 13% ABV * Beaujolais, France
There is a wide quality gulf between simple Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages - the latter proving to be a useful resource for fans of Burgundy, but without the hefty pricetag that fine Pinot Noir seems to afford these days.
This has lovely, concentrated raspberry-toned fruit, which is flecked with notes of violet, spice and caramel. Rich and round on the palate and with soft tannins, this wine would be just as at home served cool in the height of summer as it would be sipped fireside in the depths of winter. Winemaker Philippe Vermorel is a rising star in France but not yet well-known in the UK for his characterful, fine quality and fairly-priced offerings, as this example shows. An ideal foil to charcuterie.