I fancied a fruity bottle on the lighter side to accompany the spectacular vegetables from the farmers market, including an entire stalk of brussel sprouts, that I was planning on roasting and grilling into all kinds of yummy dishes. I enthusiastically gave a pour to Potel-Aviron Beaujolais Villages 2009. Potel-Aviron is named after its two founders Nicolas Potel and Stephane Aviron, two school friends and young artisans dedicated to the quality of their products. Their first vintage was 2000, and they have followed that up with much acclaim. Acting as Négociant or Wine Merchant, they selected and purchased grapes from carefully chosen vineyards, and vinified in the wineries attached to those vineyards. Their philosophy is to insist on low yields, as little intervention as possible, extended skin contact, and remaining true to the characteristics of each vineyard. This particular vintage was sourced from 50+ year old vines in a vineyard located in the commune of Lantignie, which is considered one of the finest in the Beaujolais Villages appellation.
Garnet with brick highlights in colour, aromas of summer strawberries, rose petals and fresh mint swirled about in the glass. Raspberry, tart cherry and red current flavours were supported by herbaceous mint and silky smooth tannins in the light to medium body. Lightly spicy white pepper and traces of sweet honey comprised the moderate finish. Friendly and easy drinking, this is a superb glass for the table or on its own.
Enjoy now thru 2013
*Rated 88 points by the Wine Advocate