Lavis 2004 Beaujolais-Villages (Beaujolais) – A burst (that is, not quite an explosion) of delicious boysenberry fruit, with lighter red berry elements and a fresh, appealing nature. Nice acidity, maybe the faintest hint of prickle, and balanced, with a slightly tannic edge deep into the finish. (7/06)
Beaujolais-Villages is from one or more of the approximately 38 villages that are allowed to attach their name to the Beaujolais appellation – Beaujolais-Boston would be an example of how it works, though I’m quite sure there’s no gamay grown here – and, despite, that large number of villages, somewhat of a rarity. There are various reasons for this, mostly having to do with details and inconsistencies in the AOC system, but the resulting wines can be all over the map…both literally and qualitatively. 100% gamay. Alcohol: 12.5%. Closure: cork. Importer: Violette.