You have been enjoying new-wave SA reds and satisfying your thirst for low alcohol, bright-fruited and sumptuous wines that still hold tension. Now it’s time to try the ultimate, and original, hipster wine. Offering relative value compared to rising local prices, these are delicious, imminently drinkable and gush terroir.
Beaujolais is gaining momentum on the international wine scene and few are more classic and offer better value than Dominique Piron’s. His family has been growing grapes in this region since the 16th century and, in 1971, Dominique took over the estate. Today, he is President of Beaujolais.
For those unfamiliar with the region, expect a style in-between Burgundy and Rhône as it is quite literally situated in-between these two regions. The wines tend to have the prettiness of Pinot Noir and the substance of the Rhône. The Pirons are extremely traditional in their approach with partial destemming and long vatting times. All of their wines see some ageing in neutral foudres and old barrels, but the Pirons firmly believe in leaving the character of the grape and its terroir unmasked.
The Beaujolais-Villages and the slightly deeper Brouilly have ample fruit and structure – embracing the classic 2016 vintage. There are no ratings for these wines, they are simply some of the most delicious, characterful and dangerously drinkable wines I have ever had. There is no better time to experience the joy of Beaujolais.
Dominique Piron, Beaujolais-Villages 2016 – R 210
The Beaujolais-Villages is produced from 50-year-old vines from across Beaujolais and offers incredible value. There is a wonderful balance of pure red fruit, fine earthiness and a savoury depth. The tannins are both sumptuous and dry, dazzling the senses with each gulp. Light-footed but serious enough to age through 2022. – Roland Peens (May 2018)
Dominique Piron, Brouilly 2016 – R 265
Brouilly is the largest Cru and its mixed soils generally produce the most fruit-forward of the ten Cru Beaujolais. Located in the most southern part of the region, it shows darker fruits of cherry and blueberry, backed up by dried herbs and savoury undertones. The tannins are soft and ripe with ample grip hiding beneath. Simply delicious. Drink now through 2025+. – Roland Peens (May 2018)