WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

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WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby Robin Garr » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:53 pm

For today's tasting, let's open a wine made from the Gamay grape, the featured variety in this month's "Wine Focus" topic on our WineLovers Discussion Group. Brouilly is one of the dozen or so villages within the Beaujolais region that are entitled to bear the name of the village on the label in preference to the more generic "Beaujolais," and Chateau de la Chaize is a long-term performer. This vintage, a return to more traditional form after the powerful and overripe 2003s, shows the good, refined berry fruit that typifies Gamay, along with pleasant toasty-earthy minerality that's a hallmark of Brouilly.

<table border="0" align="right" width="170"><tr><td><img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/graphics1/chai0806.jpg" border="1" align="right"></td></tr></table>Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly ($15.59)

This Gamay from Brouilly, one of the named Beaujolais "<I>Cru</I>" villages, comes in a squat, rather medieval looking bottle. Light strawberry aromas add a distinct whiff of toasted white bread. Fruit is more forward on the palate, juicy red berries and a squirt of lemon, and the toasty aromas segue into a plesant earthy minerality to add flavor interest. U.S. importer: Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, NYC. (Aug. 6, 2006)

<B>FOOD MATCH:</b> An offbeat match, curried summer squash soup, is just okay at first, palatable but not compelling, but the combination suddenly draws a gasp of pleasure when a sip of wine taken after a swallow of soup bursts on the palate like a perfect ripe strawberry.

<B>VALUE:</B> Shop around, as the local retail price I paid is very close to the high end of its range; it's available at some vendors for $10, at which price it's a much better buy.

<B>WHEN TO DRINK:</B> Even with the village <I>Crus</I>, there's never any harm in drinking Beaujolais young and fresh; if you want to try cellaring it, I wouldn't hold it much past five years post-vintage.

<B>PRONUNCIATION:</B>
<b>Chateau de la Chaize</b> = "<i>Sha-toe duh lah shahz</i>"
<b>Brouilly</b> = "<i>Brool-yee</i>"

<B>WEB LINK:</B>
Here's a link to the importer's fact sheet about Chateau de la Chaize. You'll have to endure a quiz about your age before the site will let you in.

<B>FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:</B>
Find vendors and check prices for Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly on Wine-Searcher.com.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:25 am

Squirt of lemon? Sounds sort of disjointed.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby Robin Garr » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:53 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Squirt of lemon? Sounds sort of disjointed.


Disjointed? I'm not sure I see how that follows, David. It wasn't a great wine, but that tangy little lemon-shot of acidity behind the fruit seemed more like a beneficial small element of structure than a problem to me.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:58 am

Robin Garr wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Squirt of lemon? Sounds sort of disjointed.


Disjointed? I'm not sure I see how that follows, David. It wasn't a great wine, but that tangy little lemon-shot of acidity behind the fruit seemed more like a beneficial small element of structure than a problem to me.


Somehow the phrase squirt of lemon seemed to me like something out of place. That's all.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby Robin Garr » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:00 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Somehow the phrase squirt of lemon seemed to me like something out of place. That's all.


No prob ... I guess I just <i>like</i> lemon ... It's like the difference between iced tea with and without, that's what I was thinking of.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby JC (NC) » Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:04 pm

I've enjoyed Chateau de la Chaize in the past. I have some Brouilly and Fleurie to open. Will probably start with the Fleurie later this week.
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Re: WTN: Chateau de la Chaize 2004 Brouilly

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:29 pm

Great you do the Fleurie and I will pull a Brouilly. Watch out for my Morgon notes too!!
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