Daniel Bouland Beaujolais 2020

‘…this estate is one of my reference points for Beaujolais…Concentrated and succulent, Bouland’s wines are beautifully differentiated by site and age gracefully. Bouland proudly informed me that he’s now using higher-quality corks, so that graceful evolution should be even more regular going forward…’ WILLIAM KELLEY, wineadovcate.com

“This tiny wine grower of the hamlet of Corcelette has seduced us for a few years now with his concentrated and textured Morgons. The fruit weight in no way masks the almost wild minerality of the soil. These wines have an intensity that can only come from old vines that are impeccably cultivated. LA REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE

 

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A great glass of Beaujolais is not complete without an undertow of joy. It’s part of the regional DNA. There can be complexity and detail which reminds you of its cousins further up the slope in Cote d’Or, but there is something about its fleshy ebullient nature that brings great pleasure and lures you back.

The wines of Daniel Bouland hum with tension, purity and pleasure. They’re free from faults and packed with nuance and energy. Working with the superior Beaujolais Crus on granite and schist soils, his cuvees all speak of their individuality through subtle differences in their composures and expressions.

Daniel Bouland prefers to be in his vines than spruiking his wines. His tireless efforts in his very old gnarled gobelet vines in the crus of Morgon, Chiroubles and Côte de Brouilly result in grapes bursting with flavour and structure.

In the winery, all the fruit is fermented with whole bunches and wild yeasts and old oak are employed. All these efforts make sure the fruit is the heart of each wine, while whole bunches add a finely sculpted tannin thread throughout.

Today we’re offering his six cuvees, four from Morgon – Corcelette, Corcelette VV, Bellevue Cailloux, alongside his Chiroubles Chatenay and Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Mélanie. The 2020 vintage was dry and early in Beaujolais and yields were low – the intensity across the board is electric. To counter the lack of water, the old vines of Bouland have long-established roots that can tap into water reserves deep down.

These are finely structured wines, drinking beautifully in their youth they will age for a few years. Serve with something hearty that has substance – Lyonnaise sausages on a bed of potatoes would be delicious. If you love Chateau Thivin, you’ll love these.

Recently we’ve looked to Beaujolais as an alternative for Burgundy where prices skyrocketed and affordable Burgundy became an oxymoron. Well unfortunately we’re starting to see prices of Beaujolais on the rise too, especially at the top end. And deservedly so – the pleasure a lovely bottle brings is a lip-smacking delight.

There are six cuvees on offer – we’ve put together a Bouland Mixed 6 Pack for $295. Or if you’d prefer to buy in 6 packs we’ve sharpened the prices for two weeks. These joyful wines offer great value for money, you won’t regret buying them.