Georges Dubouef Regnie Cru Beaujolais 2005 Tasting Notes
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Georges Dubouef Régnié Cru Beaujolais 2005 Tasting Notes

The village of Régnié-Durette qualified as the most recent of the ten Beaujolais Crus in 1988. While this Gamay is by no means a complicated wine, it delivers the solid kind of cherry, sour cherry, apricot, plum, strawberry and raspberry fruit one expects; it is also totally absent the more candy-like (I mean industrial candy) notes some Beaujolais, even among the Villages and the Crus, bring across (no bubble-gum or Kool-Aid here). The culprit is called amyl acetate, and I don't even like to be in the same house with it, much less a closed automobile (chew gum and you don't ride with me).

As I've said, the named culprit isn't even hiding in the bushes with this Beaujolais, which means, in essence, that all the fun you try to find in the bubble-gum variety Beaujolais, you do get in this absolutely happy $12 wine. The solidly purple wine gives me a tangible finish for the money, with a touch of cocoa, some alcoholic heat and even a hint of smoke.

Verdict: Light but no lightweight
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