This wine has been in high demand since taking the top honors at the Decanter competition for best Gamay wine in the World (winner in 2020 when over 800 Gamay wines were entered in competition). You would think the price would shoot through the roof, but the wines of Maison Mommessin have been a great value since 1814. The 2019 Saint Amour is a balanced Cru wine from Beaujolais featuring an exotic nose with red fruit and grilled peaches, and a palate full of juicy black currant and blueberry flavor. From 45-year old bush-trained vines, this wine is aged in 11 months in large wooden vats, and is very pleasurable to drink now or can age for up to 15 years.
Beaujolais has gotten a bad rap because most consumer exposure to the wines has been in the form of Beaujolais Noveau, a wine that is vinified and released to market only a few weeks after harvest. Cru Beaujolais, which will carry the name of the Cru Village on the label rather than “Beaujolais”, is a different wine entirely. These wines are consistently great values, with most in the $20-$30 range. They also age well. I have a 2015 wine from the Cru Juliénas that is drinking magnificently at the moment. This wine is rich and concentrated, with a deep blue-black, impenetrable color. It is sliky-smooth and almost chewy on the palate. Just freaking delicious!
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