October 2018 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 1

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Paul Kalemkiarian, Owner/Cellarmaster
Beaujolais:
More thanBeaujolais Nouveau
Last month, I left you folks tasting wine with Monsieur Cyril Chirouze
at Château des
Jacques in Beaujolais, France. As a side note, because of his enthusiasm and my incomplete knowledge
about the area of Beaujolais, I brought some of his wares to Wine of the Month Club, and I have been bring-
ing home examples for friends and family to enjoy. If you approach his wines without precept, without preju-
dice as to the region, you will find the wines very engaging, as they will challenge you for new descriptors.
Cyril Chirouze shares some of the best of the Beaujolais region at Château des Jacques.
As well, the tactile exercise of
examining the soil (touching
and smelling), slowing the
tasting process down a notch
and testing yourself on finding
descriptive words to define
what you are smelling and
tasting, you begin to grasp
the concept of “it starts in the
vineyard.” The wine in your
glass can tell you so much, if
you slow down and note the
details. Well-made wine is the
result of choosing and cultivat-
ing the right grapes, in the best
terroir, and vinifying them with
a great deal of artful intention
and care.
And therein lies the secret to
enjoying and expanding your
horizons of wine. And this I
say tongue-in-cheek, “It takes practice.” Something I have learned while studying the French language applies:
without focused, deliberate practice, nothing can be accomplished (the challenge is so steep that, to climb it, you
must make the effort).
These thoughts were triggered by considering the uphill road that M. Chirouze has to climb to bring the wines of
Beaujolais back to their stature of earlier days. And I can see that, if his passion is infectious enough to surround-
ing vintners, and if wine enthusiasts (you and me) are adventurous enough to keep an open mind (palate), the
Beaujolais district can once again become a formidable player in fine wine.
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