2013 Jean-Paul Brun Morgon, $20.00

From one of the top "Cru" in Beaujolais, from an excel-lent vintage, and from one of our very favorite produc-ers, this wine was bound to impress, and did it ever! I've never had a disappointing Beaujolais from Jean-Paul Brun. Even his entry level cuvee L'Ancien VV from his Terres Dorees estate is always at the top of its category. This Morgon kicks it up a notch. Bright red cherries and strawberries on the nose are given even more brightness and focus by notes of orange zest and citrus. On the pal-ate, however, it’s all cherries and red fruits, in a softer, rounder medium-bodied style than the nose suggests. Though delicious to drink now, this wine has plenty of backbone, structure, not to mention underlying tension, to go the distance—an additional 5-plus years at least. You can almost taste the minerality from the granite/schist soil coursing through the vines into the grapes and the finished wine. If you like Beaujolais, this is not to be missed. And if you like points, (I don't), I can assure you that this has an outstanding points to price ratio.