If you’re trying to decide which red wines to serve at your Thanksgiving meal or bring to someone’s home, consider a good quality wine from Beaujolais. Located in the southern part of France’s Burgundy region. Beaujolais wines are made from gamay, an ancient natural clone of pinot noir. Basic wines from this area are labeled Beaujolais, but the highest quality ones come from 10 villages or “crus” that have their own appellations and distinctive personalities. Best consumed young and a bit chilled, their fresh and fruity flavors go well with turkey as well as a variety of side dishes.
Domaine J. Boulon 2015 Morgon
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in October for $12.99
Description • This delicious and reasonably priced wine comes from Morgon, considered one of the best of the Beaujolais crus, The Boulon is a fine example from this village, which is known for producing some of the bigger-bodied and more-concentrated wines in Beaujolais. This is a soft, fragrant red that tastes of black cherries and plums with some spice. A great choice for Thanksgiving, it has lots of finesse and is very easy to drink.
Domaine des Terres Dorées 2015 L’Ancien Beaujolais
Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in October for $14.99
Description • This red, which carries the basic Beaujolais appellation classification, is quite good and has earned 90- and 91-point scores from wine critics. Although it’s lighter in body than the Boulon Morgon, it’s packed with flavor. Ripe and fruity, it has soft tannins, a bright acidity and tastes of juicy strawberries and other red fruit. This is a very quaffable wine that’s a real crowd pleaser.