Sunday, May 30, 2010
Domaine Jean Manin 2005 Fleurie "La Madone" (France)
This is a beauty of a Gamay is from the Beaujolais region of France. Now before you all run off screaming "He's drinking Beaujolais" - know that there are different kinds of Beaujolais - the candied version we all have at Thanksgiving (at least the Americans can have it at Thanksgiving) is the Nouveau kind - this wine is as far removed from Nouveau Beaujolais as California Pinot from Burgundian Pinot. First things first, at 5 years of age the only use for a Nouveau is salad dressing, on the other hand this Fleurie is still full of fruit and hints of peppery spice (the idea that it could hold another 5 years springs to mind). Lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit shakin' in a bag with a little white pepper. That pepper is quite apparent especially on the finish - and the longer it's open the better it gets. When I first opened it there was no nose and the taste was barely black fruit; what a difference 30 minutes makes. Wish I had a few more bottles of this beauty, alas this is my last one so I might be nursing this one all night.