Recently attended a crazy night of wine and food at the home of a local wine enthusiast. The main event of the night was to taste through a large lineup of Beaujolais wines.
I've recently had some great experiences with current release Cru Boos, but this tasting was off-the-hook with multiple vintages, producers, and villages represented. We were fortunate to have Beaujolais bottles in the lineup from as far back as 1983, all the way up to the current 2009 vintage.
ThirstySouth and EatItAtlanta, I was impressed how the majority of the 30+ wines were really well-made and interesting wines that spoke of a place. What's more, many of the wines cost less than $25! Cru Beaujolais really does deliver some bang-for-the-buck.
As for favorites from the lineup and from what I remember: The 1983 Devillaine Saint Amour was still rather alive with dusty cherry fruit and a bit of a tannic bite. Gets bonus points for being totally quaffable at 27 years of age.
Masion Louis Jadot's Chateau des Jacques bottlings.
2007 Thevenet Morgon Viellies Vignes. Like a powerful young Burgundy, it was full of stemmy goodness and crunchy red fruit. A real treat, but it should be noted that it was perhaps the most expensive Cru Boo in our pack.
A great night with some great wines and food, and some real fine company.