Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais, Moulin-a-Vent and Morgon

2010 vineyard-designated cru Beaujolais is starting to hit the scene, and Duboeuf is (as always) one of the first out of the gate with a range of Gamay-based wines from the major Beaujolais regions. We took a stab at tasting a couple of representative bottlings.

2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Moulin-a-Vent – Young, but not without some charms. Jammy and full of plum character. Some smoky tobacco notes in the finish, but not a lot of terroir. Kind of a flabby body to it, which muddies the overall experience. (As a side note: Oddly, this more expensive wine had a composite cork while the Morgon had a natural one.) B- / $19

2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Morgon – A lot like the Moulin-a-Vent but with a bit more acidity to it. Similar tobacco and smoke notes, but there’s also cocoa there too. More of a fresh raspberry than plum character — and on the whole a bit better balance. B / $15

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