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2019 Beaujolais “Charron”

Quentin Harel

Beginning to make wine in Beaujolais must seem like being the youngest sibling with five older brothers and sisters who are all class presidents and captains of their sports teams. Can you thrive and carve out your own path of success? Absolutely! On one hand, your talented predecessors—Lapierre, Foillard, Breton, Thévenet, etc.—have made it easier by paving the way for producing outstanding wine in the region, and they have built a reputation among wine lovers worldwide for Beaujolais excellence. On the other, they have also made it more challenging to stand out because, even at your best, you are joining the all-star team (not creating it), and the bar for making the team is higher now than it has ever been. The tremendously skilled Quentin Harel is already making a strong case for his spot on the roster by crafting well-priced reds that are the complete package: fresh, charming, and complex at the same time. His entry-level Beaujolais Charron is floral, but whole-cluster fermentation has also given it irresistibly juicy notes of cherries, rhubarb, and pomegranate. Ripe without being rich, it has great structure—just the right amount of tannin—while being inviting now. Best of all, it doesn’t mimic other producers’ wines we import from this region; it’s entirely distinct. Harel’s Charron, made from fifty-year-old, organically farmed vines, is certainly food-friendly, and it’s begging you to light up the grill.

Tom Wolf

Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gamay
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Quentin Harel
Vineyard: 4 ha, 50 years average
Soil: Clay, Sand, Flint
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Beaujolais

map of Beaujolais

After years of the region’s reputation being co-opted by mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau and the prevalence of industrial farming, the fortunes of vignerons from the Beaujolais have been on the rise in the past couple of decades. Much of this change is due to Jules Chauvet, a prominent Beaujolais producer who Kermit worked with in the 1980s and arguably the father of the natural wine movement, who advocated not using herbicides or pesticides in vineyards, not chaptalizing, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and vinifying without SO2. Chief among Chauvet’s followers was Marcel Lapierre and his three friends, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—a group of Morgon producers who Kermit dubbed “the Gang of Four.” The espousal of Chauvet’s methods led to a dramatic change in quality of wines from Beaujolais and with that an increased interest and appreciation for the AOC crus, Villages, and regular Beaujolais bottlings.

The crus of Beaujolais are interpreted through the Gamay grape and each illuminate the variety of great terroirs available in the region. Distinguishing itself from the clay and limestone of Burgundy, Beaujolais soils are predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of blue volcanic rock. The primary vinification method is carbonic maceration, where grapes are not crushed, but instead whole clusters are placed in a tank, thus allowing fermentation to take place inside each grape berry.

Much like the easy-going and friendly nature of many Beaujolais vignerons, the wines too have a lively and easy-drinking spirit. They are versatile at table but make particularly good matches with the local pork sausages and charcuterie. Though often considered a wine that must be drunk young, many of the top crus offer great aging potential.

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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