A Perfect Gamay

by Darby
(Lot et Garonne)

Brouilly is the largest of the Beaujolais Crus, making lots of lovely light red wine from the Gamay grape. It's not as popular as it should be but fashions change.

When we arrived in Paris last week a welcoming bottle of wine was in the apartment Cote de Brouilly. Now this stuff is different. Cotes de B is a separate appellation higher up than Brouilly. The wine is still made from Gamay but it is more robust, medium bodied rather than light, perhaps more akin to NE Victorian examples.

But what about the flavour? Well it was wonderful. Really as Karen MacNeill says like diving into a bowl of cherries.

Along with some jamon persille and soft cheese it made the perfect snack for weary Parisian tourists.

It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
Well this is why I retired.

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