BB Review: Domaine de Rochemure Beaujolais-Villages

Kate: Does Vivo la vino mean anything in French? Vive? 
Caro: Noooope, ha!
Kate: like what is that viva la france thing?
Caro: Do you mean "vive le vin"?
Kate: sure! Does that mean long live wine or something?
Caro: Yeh, something like that.... "Vivo la vino", ha!! Fucking idiot.

You heard the woman, Vive le vin! For this round, local delicatessen Fromage and French kindly opened its doors to us as we explored some oh-so-tasty French wine and tried not to drool on all the cheese.  🇫🇷 🍷 🍾

THE WINE

BOTTLE: Domaine de Rochemure Beaujolais-Villages 2014 - France

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: Secret Cellar for £12.50

ABV & TECH SPECS:  13% ABV

WHO BOUGHT IT & WHY: Kate here. I know I know I know, I said before that I don't actually like French wine that much. But you know what? Since starting Bottle Bitches, I've come to realise that I actually really like French wine! And now that I'm paying closer attention to what I'm drinking, I've found myself reaching for a bottle of something French much more often than I realised. Especially Beaujolais. I freaking love a good Beaujolais! (Okay but honestly, could this label be any more of a snooze-fest?!) 

LET'S GET NERDY: The Beaujolais region is found south of Burgundy between Macon and Lyon and produces a red wine from the Gamay grape varietal. Beaujolais is usually a light wine with medium acidity and lots of red fruit notes, although more 'serious' versions can be found when you start looking at Beaujolais villages wines, which are wines that have been produced from the more notable villages. 

Wines which note ‘village’ on the label can be produced from grapes from a mix of any of the 10 prestigious areas, if only one of those village names is present, all the grapes come from there (look for Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-á- vent). 

PARTY FACT: Beaujolais is probably most known for Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration (that has more to do with marketing) for the young, thin and fruity wine that is released for sale every year at the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of November. Parties, fireworks and other festivities mark the uncorking of the bottles in France.

THE VERDICT 

CARO: I’ve never been keen on Beaujolais but HOLY MOTHER OF GRAPES! This tasty and spicy treat got me time-traveling to those incredible smoky-barbecue ribs at 21st Amendment in San Francisco! MOOORE!!

ANGELA: To me this has aromas of a slightly more sophisticated Beaujolais– meaty notes and ripe forest fruits. The usual bubblegum note you find in so many Beaujolais wines doesn’t seem apparent and if I were to drink this blind, I’d say it was a more akin to a Pinot Noir (no wonder Kate loves it!) and I’m excited to take a sip. [sip taken] I love it and I’m shocked! This has some delicious black pepper and strawberry notes on the palate and it's lingering. This would be great with some game food too!

KATE: With the glass just sitting in front of me (look, I had to take a lot of photos, okay?) I was getting a scent of powdered sugar candies off this wine but once I stuck my nose in the glass and got a good whiff, I found the smell to do a total 180 and was smelling the burnt pepperoni edges on literally the best pepperoni pizza in the world. (Which is from Neighbourhood in Copenhagen, if you must know.) Once I finished taking pictures, I got to finally drink this wine and found it tasted a bit spicy (like that mustard heat you get in your sinuses) and a bit like burnt pepper. But, like, in a really really good way. 

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Sure! But can someone light up the BBQ please?