September 2018 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 1

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WINES EVALUATED LAST MONTH: 308
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Paul Kalemkiarian, Owner/Cellarmaster
Beaujolais: the forgotten land
of world-class wines just
south of the infamous
Burgundy wine growing
region of France.
Just north of
Lyon (the gastronomical center of
France), Beaujolais is fighting to
return to its previous stature on the
world wine stage. In fact, if you look
at restaurant menus from as recently
as the ‘60s, you will find that quality
brands of Beaujolais wine command-
Tasting with Cyril Chirouze in the tasting cave at Château des Jacques in Beaujolais.
ed the same price if not more than their northern neighbor. And if anyone is decidedly motivated to acquire a
return to their top-tier status, it is Cyril Chirouze, winemaker at Château des Jacques.
I first met M. Chirouze in Los Angeles for an on-camera interview, here in my office. His command of the
Learning about the winemaking process in Château des Jacques’
impressive modern fermenting room (notice concrete tanks).
English language was admirable and it was not to be
outdone by his passion for Beaujolais (the video is
available on Wine of the Month Club’s YouTube chan-
nel). If there was ever an ambassador for a wine region,
Monsieur Chirouze is quintessential. Engaging, informed
and relentless, M. Chirouze presented the pedigree and
history of Beaujolais with passion and conviction.
As we arrived at the winery after a short van ride from
Lyon, we were greeted by M. Chirouze and escorted
promptly to the fermenting room, where we were taken
by the spit shine of the stainless steel fermenting tanks
and the scrubbed concrete tanks. After, we made our
way down in the caves, where we viewed barrels of
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