Beaujolais' 2015 vintage has been hailed as one of the best ever in the region by one of the region's most respected winemakers.
Showing off his range of 2015s at the Louis Latour tasting in London, Henry Fessy winemaker Laurent Chevalier (pictured) described it to Imbibe as 'a great vintage. People said that 2009 was the best vintage in the region in living memory, and for me 2015 is as good as that.'
Characterised by exuberant black fruit flavours and a refreshing lick of acidity, the 2015 Beaujolais are a flexible, well-priced alternative to Bourgogne rouge, and are reliably good 'across the region' according to Chevalier.
'We were lucky, though,' he said. 'We were only one degree Celsius off experiencing the frosts that killed Chablis.'
Chevalier described the 2016 wines as 'more classic', with a dismal spring rescued by a good late summer. Volumes for the next vintage are solid, though some crus such as Chiroubles (in particular), Fleurie, Morgon and Moulin à Vent were affected by hail.
Check out the next issue of Imbibe, out in early March, for our Beaujolais 2015 panel tasting, confirming the vintage's positive reports.