Louis Tete, Fleurie
Late autumn is time for Beaujolais; a juicy, darkly fruited wine with the freshness to ease us from summer sippers to winter's Big Reds.
For some reason, I have always liked the relatively inexpensive Gamay wines of Beaujolais more than the more expensive red Pinots from further north in Burgundy.
There are 10 crus in Beaujolais; the crus are the better villages who append their names to the wine. In a case of oenological nominative determinism, the wines of Fleurie tend to be the most floral of the Beaujolais Crus.
I have tried the wines of Agamy several times before; they are always well-made and impressive so props to the Co-op for securing this one.
Louis Tete Agamy, Fleurie, 2018 (£11, The Co-op) vibrant black cherry and blueberry fruit, violets and roasted spices; supple with gentle tannins; savoury concentration and minerality.
A versatile wine, fresh enough for an aperitif or match with heavier starters, pizza, charcuterie or even game such as wild-boar sausages.