The French wine region of Beaujolais has long been considered part of Burgundy, but today, it stands alone as its own wine-producing region. Wines from this region are made from the Gamay Noir grape, producing a light red wine. We’ll be celebrating this varietal for our Marrow Magnum Mondays all month-long in November, as well as having a Beaujolais Nouveau celebration on November 21 at Death & Taxes.
What’s Marrow Magnum Monday? Each Monday, our beverage director Cappie Peete picks a different magnum of wine to offer by the glass. The magnum picks are organized by a monthly theme, giving you a chance to do a deep dive into a region or style by trying wines in large format.
On November 4th, we featured Domaine Chapel Vieilles Vignes Julienas. Domaine Chapel is a Beaujolais estate founded by husband and wife team Michele Smith-Chapel and David Chapel, who fell in love during a visit to Beaujolais. They made their first wine in partnership with the winemakers of the acclaimed estate Domaine Lapierre. We celebrated the start of the month with the tiny release of the second vintage of their wine from the Cru Juliénas.
On November 11th, we will feature Domaine Julien Sunier Fleurie. Julien Sunier has shot to the top rank of cru Beaujolais producers with his multiple bottlings and he continues to impress year after year. Our selection, Fleurie, is deeply concentrated and expressive and joins the likes of producers such as Jean Foillard and Marcel Lapierre with as "Burgundian" an expression of Cru Beaujolais as one could hope for.
On November 18th, our selection will be Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly. Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes owns the highest and best vineyards in the appellation, and we selected Cote de Brouilly for our magnum this week. This wine is beautifully aromatic and full of concentrated flavor thanks to the granite soil and abundant sunshine of the high elevation in which its produced.
On November 25th, our selection will be Jean Foillard Cote du Py Morgon 2013 & 2015. Our Cru Beaujolais journey will wrap up with the inimitable Jean Foillard, from the famed Cote du Py vineyard. We’ll be offering two vintages of his Morgon, 2013 and 2015. Foillard's wines are characterized by a velvety lushness making them irresistible young despite their aging potential. We are offering half glasses of each this week, so that you can experience both side-by-side and see how these wines develop beautifully with age.
See a wine that you simply cannot miss? Reserve your table here.