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Wine of the Week: 2009 Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais Brouilly 'Cuvee Vieilles Vignes'

2009 Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais Brouilly "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"

Here's another early entry from the 2009 Beaujolais vintage, a beautiful Brouilly from Jean-Claude Lapalu, a young vintner who is a proponent of natural wines. All Gamay, his 2009 old-vines Brouilly is earthy and minerally, suffused with the taste of black cherries. I even get a whiff of kirsch on

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the nose

. It has a beautiful, fine-spun texture and soft tannins.

On a warm summer night, serve it slightly chilled, which brings the wine into focus. It's great with just about anything you'd want to eat in this weather -- a charcuterie spread, grilled sausages or skirt steak, mixed grill or Santa Maria barbecue.

Region:

Beaujolais

Price:

About $19

Style:

Earthy and minerally

What it goes with:

Charcuterie, grilled sausages, skirt steak, barbecue

Where to find it:

Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,

; and the Wine House in

West Los Angeles

, (310) 479-3731,

. More of the Brouilly will be arriving on the West Coast in September.

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