It’s a new month, and that means a new featured wine! This month I’ve picked Dom Vougeon Brouilly 2011, which is a fantastic bistro wine. Who says you can’t drink reds in the summer?
This wine,is 100% Gamay, which is a grape that is primarily grown in Beaujolais and the Loire Valley in France. It typically has a thin skin and is light in tannin. Beaujolais is considered part of Burgundy, but is located north of Lyon, and south of Burgundy. This particular wine is made in Brouilly, which is the largest wine area in Beaujolais and covers about 20% of the Beaujolais wine region. It is an AOC Cru Beaujolais which is the highest classification of Beaujolais there is.
This Brouilly is light and refreshing, but still has body and depth. It starts out with aromas of black cherry, crushed blackberry, cocoa powder, and licorice that become more intense with a little air. In the mouth there are juicy flavors of black cherry, and strawberry with notes of baking chocolate and a slight tangy citrus underneath. The wine finishes with a hint of clove and bright acidity. It as a hint of tannin making it a great food wine, but is so light and fresh you can enjoy it on it’s own.
This is the perfect wine with grilled sausages or even hamburgers or light fair like charcuterie and cheese.
Basically, anything you would find at a bistro in France. Great value for a terrific wine in my opinion.