In search of red wines that are not New Zealand Pinot Noir or Aussie
Shiraz, we recently purchased several '10 Beaujolais from a good local
retailer. Tonight, with roast chicken, we decided to open:

2010 Pierre Chermette (Dom de Vissoux) Beaujolais "Les Griottes" (NZD 25.99)
nose: bright strawberry-raspberry fruit, a hint of herbaceousness
palate: lightweight, bright red fruit, good acidity, short finish

All in all, a nice, if simple Gamay. It wasn't until I decided to learn
why I'd never seen this particular bottling in the US that I realized
that this was Chermette's "Primeur" (aka Beaujolais Nouveau) bottling.
Probably a bit long in the tooth at this point, it was a "serious"
enough wine that neither Jean nor I could pick it out as BN. Well done!

Mark Lipton