Gamay for your Turkey: Bold, Inky 2015 Beaujolais

Vignerons: From meticulously cultivated old vines and with careful use of oak, the Perrachon creates remarkably delicious and refined cuvées. Perrachon’s reds are honest, complex, delicious red Burgundies; they just happen to be made from Gamay.

Appellation: Beaujolais is best known for the Beaujolais Nouveau, a cheap insipid red rushed to market a month after harvest. Today’s wine is its polar opposite: Moulin-a-Vent, known as the “King of Beaujolais,” produces the regions most serious and impressive wines.

Wine: Today’s pure Gamay is dense and inky, drawing from vines planted in the 1930s. From a near-perfect vintage, this 2015 is perfectly extracted and carefully aged in oak barrels. With a few years under its belt, today it shows a beautifully dark, brooding nose of violets and anise. The tannins are juicy and full, with crackling texture and crunchy finish.

Pairing: This is an excellent candidate for Thanksgiving dinner — your guests might guess Syrah before Gamay. But between now and then, pair it with a steak in a cast iron pan and cold-oil frites. Close your eyes and you’ll be transported to a Parisian brasserie.

You might also like: Our five other Beaujolais reds, or our Beaujolais Sampler


Perrachon Moulin-a-Vent Burdelines 2015
bottle price: $28

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