2006 Château de Pierreux, AC Brouilly.
About 18 months ago, I was mad for cru Beaujolais - just couldn't get enough of it. Bought a lot of it, because I knew it could age. My last bottle of Beaujolais.
Light red colour, decent saturation. Intense nose of earth, muddy roots, bright red cherries, and graphite/iron minerality. In the mouth, just bursts of earthy tones and red fruits, ending slightly bitter. After being opened for 24 hours, it develops even more wet earth character on the nose, but fades a little on the palate.
Great varietal character, and a great success for the vintage. An excellent wine, and clearly demonstrates how Burgundian some of these great Beaujolais can be. Fantastic example of what gamay can deliver.
After all those bottles, I am thoroughly convinced of this region's quality. People who's only impression of Beaujolais is nouveau are missing out. These are earthy, pure, direct wines of great finesse and backbone. Guaranteed pleasure at $18-21.