Shalom Chin Beaujolais Blog Part 4 – Personal Impressions, choosing and serving a Beaujolais
Shalom Beaujolais Blog - The Cellar at Chateau Thivin

I really enjoyed my time here in Beaujolais. Although this is my final part for Beaujolais, there is still one visit that I have yet to write about that really impacted me the most which is Louis Jadot’s Château des Jacques.

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Shalom Chin Beaujolaisd Blog Part 3 – More on Fleurie
Shalom Beaujolais Blog - The steep slops of fleurie

Our intrepid Singapore sommelier, Shalom Chin follows the Fleurie trail and discovers Roman legions and pork chops…

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Shalom Chin Beaujolais Blog Part 2 – More than just Nouveau
Shalom Beaujolais Blog - steep slops of up to 45 degrees inclination

14/11/2011

A closer look at the vines, a visit to a great producer in the region, and the future for Beaujolais. Part Two of a special report.

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Must-Have Wine – Birthday Beaujolais
Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vieille Vignes 2010 – Cru Beaujolais

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2011

Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vieille Vignes 2010 – Cru Beaujolais

November 16th - the most auspicious day of the drinking calendar – the Wandering Palates birthday and the day when the wine Feng Shui is at its zenith. Read More >

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A Cautionary Tale – Christopher (Kit) M. Stevens, MW
Bacchus - aka Kit Stevens

It’s a rather odd feeling when you’re subconsciously reminded of someone deceased almost daily when you only met the person a few times in your life. I’m afraid to say this is not directly emotional; rather the street I drive down in Singapore constantly is named after his family, Stevens Road. Read More >

Sommelier Shalom Chin – Beaujolais blog – Part 1, Beaujolais – More than just Nouveau
Shalom Beaujolais blog - rolling hills of Beaujolais

Our roving Singapore Sommelier, Shalom Chin, has drifted outside the realms and borders of burgundy to discover Beaujolais, and more importantly that there is more to Beaujolais than meets the eye. I have long been a champion of the Cru Villages wines, serious Beaujolais even if this wine of incredible charm is not meant to be too serious and has an underlying semblance of fun and enjoyment.  Read More >

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 – November 17th Parties
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Its Beaujolais Nouveau release time again folks, with two parties organised for Singapore this year on November 17th, which happens to coincide with the Wandering Palates birthday!

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Beaujolais Village & Crus Du Beaujolais tasting with Franck Duboeuf
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Village & Crus Du Beaujolais 2009 Tasting With Franck Duboeuf.

Beaujolais Villages 2009 Flower Range 100% Gamay
Fresh, juicy-ripe red cherry and raspberry notes, very floral with discernible opulent-sweetness to the bouquet amongst an intriguing spiciness and metallic, flinty-graphite nuance.

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Vintage of a Lifetime 2009 – Les Vins Georges Duboeuf
Beaujolais 2009 - The Vintage of a Lifetime

Any good wine reflects the weather, which is the work of nature, and it was especially beneficial in 2009, here in the Beaujolais region.

Things got off to a great start in May, which was lovely and warm with plenty of sunshine. The vines were nearly growing before our very eyes, and this soon led to them flowering. This told us that the harvest would be early (90 days after flowering). In late July, one winegrower said to me “My grandfather used to say that August is always just like May” and his grandfather was right this year.

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France – Red Wine of the Year
Beaujolais vineyard, France

Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year

Georges Duboeuf Chateau des Capitans Julienas 2009 & Georges Duboeuf Morgon Domaine Mont Chavy 2009

I can already sense the disbelief from the wine cognoscenti, Beaujolais? How could Beaujolais eclipse Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley? Surely he can’t be serious!

Well I am, moreover unequivocal in my choice and can genuinely say that these two wines gave me the greatest (French) drinking pleasure of the year, trying them both in a tasting line-up held by Franck Duboeuf, and separately over a meal.

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