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paul brunBeaujolais is not all bubblegum and banana. The Crus appellations produce some very pretty wines from Gamay grapes, especially Fleurie. This wine is tensely erotic, spirited but sophisticated.

Expressive, well-proportioned aromas of dark cherry, allspice and rose with a background of freshly turned soil execute an intricate ballet.

On the palate, the static profile is simple but when she moves she soars. Fresh and vibrant with a thick seam of dark fruit and stone, it is surprisingly round and full with a bit of creaminess upfront but quite explosive as the midpalate acidity tries to pull away from the supple fruit and refined tannins.

Some bitter herbal notes show as the medium length finish fades but they’re contrasted with a halo of fresh spring water. The taut sinews dampen a fluttering pulse leaving an overall elegant impression.

Fervent, agile but under control, Solange’s Cranes in the Sky captured the tension and gentle ecstasis of this wine.

Technical Notes: From 40 year-old vines growing on south facing slopes of decomposed granite. Aged for 6-8  months in concrete.

Score: 91

Price: $29 (Purchase here)

Alc: 12.5%