2016 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Séduction" Saint-Amour

SKU #1311379 91 points Vinous

 Brilliant violet. Vibrant cherry, blackberry and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of blood orange and licorice. Sappy, focused and lively on the palate, offering juicy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of cinnamon. Turn sweeter on the subtly tannic finish, which clings with very good intensity and persistence. (JR)  (3/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Esprit de Seduction Saint Amour is aged for nine months in concrete vats. It has a straightforward but clean blackberry and raspberry-scented bouquet. The palate is clean and fresh with good tension, delivering the flesh you expect from Saint-Amour, albeit without great length on the finish. Fine. (NM)  (8/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 From the granite soils of Saint-Amour in the far north of Beaujolais, this dense wine is rich in both tannins and ripe black fruits. Its structure and firm character promise good aging for this full wine. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (3/2018)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
This Beaujolais is delicious and lively and shows what a good wine Beaujolais can be. It is soft with juicy dark fruit flavors that are balance out with complexity. It is medium bodied and ready to drink. It think that this wine is versatile and will go with many different types of food and will drink well alone.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2017 | Send Email
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This beaujolais is killer. Easy drinking, fruit forward, and best served chilled. This beaujolais makes a great party wine or even an every day night cap. I love this bottle.

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- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.