Jean-Paul Thévenet is one of the Gang of Four of Beaujolais (the others being Guy Breton, Jean Foillard and Marcel Lapierre) and perhaps best embodies the traditional qualities that these winemakers have championed. Thevenet works a plot of extremely old vines in the Morgon appellation. The average age of the vines is 70 years and they are cultivated organically and yield very little fruit.
Crimson in color. 13% ABV. Black fruits, earth and cloves on the nose. Medium body with refreshing acidity. Fruit forward and sappy with tremendous grip on the palate. Flavors of black cherry, anise and mushrooms. Strong finish. Exceptional 2009 Beaujolais. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 91 points.
The 2013 version of this wine can be found for $25-$30. This is a wine you can buy year in and year out.
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