Beaujolais in a different league: Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Château des Pertonnieres 2020: only £149 per case of 12 bottles delivered
This wine is in a different league to everyday Beaujolais. Singled out by the connoisseurs at Decanter as one of their recommended ‘Summer Red Wines to Drink Chilled’, it is made by the Dupeuble family from their 42ha of 50- 100-year-old vines. It is also made in a natural way, with wild yeasts, no sulphur, no fining and no filtering.
The result is a wine of succulent, fresh, vibrant red fruit with wonderful clarity and purity, and fine acidity. The flavours are cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry, with hints of cinnamon, lavender and rose. It is medium-bodied, smooth, with lingering length and complexity on the finish. Drinking beautifully now, it makes an excellent match for rich summer foods. Perfect with pork and ham, the Club Tasting Panel found it mouthwatering with Iberico Pluma pork (see the Club Larder), Mediterranean roast vegetables and herbs.
Another of our Tasting Panel raves about it with turkey, at Christmas and beyond: ‘You’ll pop cork after cork and never be disgruntled. It won’t let you down!’ And at the Club price it’s a steal.
This four centuries old Domaine, set in the hamlet of Le Breuil in the deep south of Beaujolais terres dorées, has been making wines from Gamay grapes since 1512. Damien Dupeuble runs the domaine today, with the whole family involved—and while much of this part of Beaujolais is dominated by negociants and large-scale producers churning out sub-standard nouveau, Dupeuble is of the quality-driven persuasion more commonly found in the crus to the north. Viticulture on the south-facing 50-100 year old vines is lutte raisonée and every grape here is manually harvested, with only wild yeasts used and no chaptalisation or filtration.
Case of 12 bottles delivered (UK mainland). RRP £212. CCUK £149.