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Gamay, Jacques Dépagneux, Vin de France 2020
Red Wine from France
Fruit-driven southern French gamay, round, juicy and with the exuberance of youth. Best drunk on the cool side.
Price: £6.50 Bottle
Price: £78.00 Case of 12
- Red Wine
- Light to medium-bodied
- 12% Alcohol
- No oak influence
- Drinking now
Les Vins Aujoux
This is the source of the bulk of our Beaujolais for the last 50 years, and many members will also have tried the fruits of The Society’s work with this excellent Beaujolais-based négoce in the form of our bestselling white wine, The Society’s White Burgundy, sourced from the Mâcon.
Dealing with a négociant allows The Wine Society to pick and choose, often blending together from different estates in order to end up with a wine that is better than any of its parts.
Négoces have had a huge part to play in the recent history of Beaujolais, some of it not so good but some of it very positive. For all its apparent simplicity, Beaujolais is a complicated region that is often the victim of its own capricious climate with late frosts and violent hailstorms a common recurrence.
The one name that stands out for us is Dépagneux: Jean Dépagneux was the last of this illustrious merchant family who, with his partners, bought up a list of ailing names such as Aujoux, which had made its name selling Beaujolais to the once profitable Swiss market. Jean retired about a dozen years ago and his place was taken by a young and talented oenologist from Viré called Jean-Marc Darbon. One consequence of the change has been the meteoric rise in the quality of The Society’s White Burgundy.
Since 2002 Les Vins Aujoux have operated an office in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the deep south of France, sourcing a range of wines.
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… a humble, easy-sipping, dried strawberry of a beaujolais-taste-alike.
The Times 50 best reds and rosés: One of the best bargain-buy summer reds on The Wine Societyâ€™s list with a taste that is, frankly, Beaujolais in all but name. Sourced from southern French...The Times 50 best reds and rosés: One of the best bargain-buy summer reds on The Wine Societyâ€™s list with a taste that is, frankly, Beaujolais in all but name. Sourced from southern French gamay vines. Enjoy this pale, delicate red â€” with gentle yet zippy dried-strawberry and sour-cherry fruit â€” alongside grilled white meat or fish. -