Treating the broader topic of what represents good QPR to me, I find that my "go-to" souces for QPR wines these days tend to be Beaujolais and Loire Cab Franc for red wines, and Muscadet and QbA Riesling for whites. (Steve E's Syrahs are a category all their own). With that in mind, last night Jean came home in a bad mood and feeling lousy, so I hied down to the cellar for a ready-to-drink red to help salve her aching soul. What I came back with was:
2005 Georges Descombes Brouilly
nose: meaty, verging on Band-Aid, raspberry fruit
palate: medium body, deep fruit, rich mouthfeel, bright acidity
This wine was purchased last fall in Paris for about €14, a price that I would gladly pay again. I can see why Lyle Fass likened this wine to a Vosne-Romanee in his blog: it's got the weight and fruit profile. But the fruit is still recognizably Gamay and the tannins are soft enough that I didn't regret opening it now. Will it get better? Dunno, but it's lovely now.