"Marine Descombe’s 2018 Beaujolais-Villages is nicely svelte for the vintage, coming in at an even thirteen percent octane. The wine is made from parcels in the commune of Brouilly, with the vines averaging fifty-five years of age, but with some having been planted all the way back during World War I. Forty percent of the bunches are destemmed and the wine is fermented Burgundy style, followed by elevage in cement vats for six months. The 2018 offers up a beautifully pure and complex bouquet of sweet dark berries, cassis, a bit of smoked meats, a lovely base of granitic soil tones, cumin and a smoky top note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a lovely core of black fruit, excellent soil signature and grip, a fair bit of ripe tannin and a long, structured and complex finish. This is quite serious Beaujolais Villages and could really do with another year or two in the cellar to soften up the backend tannin completely. I know that other than a couple of Beaujolais bottlings from people like Jean Paul Brun and the Chermette family, most folks are not inclined to age their Beaujolais-Villages, but Marine Descombe’s version is outstanding and very much worthy of tucking away in the cellar for a few years and let it really start to hit on all cylinders! It is very impressively complex and a fine, fine bottle in the making. "
View From the Cellar
, August 2021