Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 - David Schildknecht - In part due to hail in this sector, the volume of Duboeuf 2010 Chiroubles is small, but the quality is admirable. Coriander-dusted red currant and red raspberry on the nose carry over onto a bright, juicy, positively tart, buoyant palate. There is a savory underlying sense of meaty pan-drippings that, combined with vivacity of fruit, make for mouthwateringly good value. Duboeuf notes that the individual, grower-specific components of this cuvee were especially disparate in character from one another. They have come together very nicely, then.
- Country: France
- Wine Region: Burgundy
- Grape: Gamay
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 13%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now
Chiroubles has the distinction of being the cru with the highest altitude at 1,500 feet above sea level. Like most Beaujolais cru wines, Chiroubles is named after the village where it is produced. One can easily compare Chiroubles to a super model. In taste, it proves to be the most ethereal of Beaujolais wines, all the while proudly bearing the stamp of delectable red berries. It pleasantly glides over the palate and according to a local poet, infatuated with all that is beautiful in this world, Chiroubles is literally “the extravagance of Beaujolais.” This delightful “sunbeam” nectar wears a pretty, red silk dress. Its subtle perfume delicately blends red fruit and especially fl owers, with the most exquisite femininity. A fresh, tender mouth offers soft and graceful charm. Distinctively restrained and sensuous.
For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing.. read more
Tasted May 2011 - Pretty tart and chewy. I’d wait a while for it to soften a bit. Not enough fruit in evidence. (JR) Re 2011 Tasted May 12 - Soaring, lifted, super floral on the nose. Out-fleuries Fleurie! Delicious, crunchy red fruit, charming and delicate. Excellent. GV (RH 17pts) Re 2011 - Firm and purple. Not quite as fresh and exuberant as many. A bit more worked. Smooth fruit but it could do with a little more perfume.(JR 14.5pts)
Web Only 2012 - Light-bodied and fresh, with a pleasant chewiness and flavors of kirsch, black licorice and spice. Chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now. –AN
Apr '12 by Josh Raynolds - Saturated ruby. Cherry and dark berries on the musky, deeply pitched nose. Supple and velvety on the palate, with ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors accented by a touch of back-end spiciness. Finishes warm and peppery, with good clarity and decent persistence.
In 2010, this cool-climate cru of Beaujolais has produced a fruity wine, very structured while retaining all the right red berry flavors. It would be possible to age this for a year or two. — R.V. (10/1/2011)
HARVESTING — Manual only, whole bunches, unstemmed TEMPERATURE OF FERMENTATION — 82F to 86°F LENGTH OF MACERATION — 6 to 12 days YEASTS — Indigenous