Today we consider a couple of recently-released value bottlings from Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, one of the biggest producers in France’s Beaujolais region (and beyond). Thoughts on these wines, a red and a white perfect for summer drinking, follow.
2011 Georges Duboeuf Clos des Quatre Vents Fleurie – Ample fresh berry jam character, punctuated with dense earth and leather. These more guttural notes (along with touches of mint) become more prominent as the wine opens up with air, ultimately coming together into a somewhat balsamic body, rather typical of Cru Beaujolais — sweet and savory in a somewhat uncomfortable detente. B / $16
2011 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse – Light tropical and honey notes on the nose, which lead to a modest, light body. The honey character builds in the glass, culminating in a somewhat herbal and modestly earthy finish. B+ / $20