Saint-Amour (Barbet) 2014

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Billards, Domaine des

The traditional vinification lasts between 12 to 15 days; they use a weighted grill to keep the “crust” submerged in the fermenting juices leads to a more effective extraction of tannins.

93 points
"As readers already know, Domaine des Billards is one of my absolute favorite Cru Beaujolais producers, and I put them in my top five estates in the region. These wines age magnificently and really are the Chambolles of Beaujolais when they are fully mature (perhaps this explains my affinity?) and can rival the top wines of Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent at their apogees. They are probably not as long-lived, but at age twenty or thirty, Domaine des Billards is a great glass of wine! The 2014 Billards is an outstanding example of the vintage, offering up a pure and youthful bouquet of black cherries, red plums, a touch of nutskin, violets, complex soil tones, woodsmoke and a bit of raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, tangy and tightly-knit still, with a lovely core, impeccable focus and balance and a long, tangy and primary finish. This wine is still a year or two away from starting to seriously blossom and probably a decade away from its true zenith. Great juice."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
92 points
"Vivid red. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry, black raspberry and floral pastilles on the intensely perfumed nose, joined by a hint of spicecake as the wine opens up. Juicy and gently sweet, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors and exotic anise and blood orange flourishes. Closes silky, sweet and very long, delivering resonating spiciness and gentle tannins that come in late. The blend of power and finesse here is pretty impressive."
Josh Raynolds,
, August 2016