Chiroubles, Cuvée 'Anne-Marie et Armand', Domaine Lionel Despres, Beaujolais, France 2016

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Chiroubles, Cuvée 'Anne-Marie et Armand', Domaine Lionel Despres, Beaujolais, France 2016

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James writes: “I associate Chiroubles with a little wine bar in Paris that I used to frequent in the early 1990s, which only served charcuterie and Beaujolais. I used to meet my Dad there for lunch and we’d sit at a wobbly table, quickly stabilised with a folded beer mat, and watch the world go by. We tried all the different village crus, but found that a lightly-chilled Chiroubles was our favourite lunchtime tipple and went perfectly with the jambon de Paris, Poilane bread and cornichons.

I tasted this Chiroubles with Lionel Despres at his picturesque winery in the hills above Fleurie and it brought back memories of those happy lunches. Fresh, crunchy blueberries and the crack of a bitten cherry; a hint of white pepper and violets; tart redcurrant acidity sweetened by grenadine. A classic example of this humble but delicious village Beaujolais. 13% alc. Drink now-2021.

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