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Wines of the Week ~ Georges Dubœuf Selections

Georges Dubœuf is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. What successful tribute to dedication, passion, and excellence, with selecting the very best and then delivering that best to the world. Congratulations, Georges and Franck Dubœuf. I continue to remember with joy my phone conversation with Franck in 2014. From that story:

While Franck’s father was raised on a small farm, where his family owned a few acres of Chardonnay vines, he grew up in an evolved business and growing up in a vineyard versus the small farm of his father’s youth.

“It was a wonderful childhood, walking, discovering, secrets in the vines. Helping with harvest, because that’s just what everyone does… But, not my favorite work,” he admitted, almost chucklingly to himself. His life evolved as his father’s vocation evolved into a négociant. No longer vinifying wine, the focus switched into checking samples every day during fermentation… tasting the future. It would be at this point that his father… realizing the potential for how the next vintage would taste, and how it should evolve based on foreknowledge, came up with his epiphany. “What if?”

Georges Dubœuf wines originated in Beaujolais, France. Today, father and son Franck and Georges Duboeuf regard their wines as sensual, with lots of freshness. They’re perfect for gourmet lovers of great foods who love crisp wines.  The wines from Georges Dubœuf are traditionally hand harvested; this original method of harvest grapes guarantees that the highest quality of wine grapes are being delivered to you.

Georges Dubœuf Selections

2015 Georges Dubœuf Pouilly-Fuissé, Appellation Pouilly-Fuissé Contrôlée

The first of the three that I tasted, it was like a day in spring sunshine. We were heading into Christmas and the beginning of winter.  Familiar flavors of Chardonnay ~ apples and citrus ~ were something worth celebrating, too. The wine is clean and refreshing, no hint of malolactic ~ just bright, refreshing wine that clearly defines Chardonnays that I’ve come to love. The wine was stored in oak barrels, which makes it more supple than wine stored in stainless steel tanks. It was as inviting as its label suggests, with celebratory-styled flowers. Just an explosion of deliciousness…

Let’s talk about the region: Pouilly-Fuissé is an appellation for white wine in the Mâconnais sub-region of Burgundy, taking its name from the town of Mâcon. Located in Central France, Mâcon was a major crossroads in Roman times. Grapes would have been brought by the Romans, but the Celts had brought them first for cultivation. The communes consist of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson, and Chaintré. Chardonnay is the only grape variety in this region; so, when you pick up a Pouilly-Fuissé, it may not have Chard on the label, but now you know what you’re going to enjoy.

This Pouilly-Fuissé was what’s for dinner. Spaghetti Squash with tomatoes, spinach, onions, garlic, chicken breast… broth, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drooled and sipped while prepping. So, so delicious, from wine to entree. It was seamlessly scrumptious.

2015 Georges Dubœuf Mâcon-Villages, Appellation Mâcon-Villages Contrôlée

This wine was a bit more complex than the Pouilly-Fuissé. It has more full-bodied, Burgundian flavors of a powerfully rich wine. The Mâcon-Villages wine also doesn’t have the buttery notes of a typical California malolactic Chardonnay. It’s more of a Mediterranean style with the viscosity and smoothness that comes from a really refined olive oil. Although not having the flavors of olive oil, it has the silky textures we love, making this wine as smooth as it gets, with old world craftsmanship.

Let’s talk about the region: Mâcon-Villages. This is an appellation covering white wines that are produced in selected communes of the Mâconnais wine area, in southern Burgundy. The appellation specializes in dry white wines, which are made from Chardonnay grapes.

The vineyard altitude for this wine is from 825 to 990 feet high. The soil is limestone, so expect minerality. Citrus and floral flavors dominate. With a 13 percent alcohol level, this is a very food friendly wine.  I simply loved it… Refreshing is putting it mildly. It’s super-cala-frag-delicious.

2015 Domaine des Quatre Vents Fleurie, Appellation Flurie Contrôlée, for Georges Dubœuf 

A red wine between the above whites… This Gamay had flavors of cinnamon, roses, and violets… Typical for Gamay flavors, but don’t be fooled… This one is a quintessential example.

The day we tasted it, it was my birthday. My family had just arrived from Colorado to celebrate my winter solstice birthday and Christmas. Grandchildren were circling my feet, and we sipped to my family’s arrival with great joy. It slipped into enjoying my birthday, chocolate flour-less cake. With my cake, this wine made every taste and sip silky smooth. An easy wine to accommodate our joy, it was the life of the party. It couldn’t have been more joyful celebration, with this Pouilly-Fuissé being the confetti of our day… light, colorful, and lusciously delightful.

If you’re looking for a wine for all occasions, a wine sourced from Georges Dubœuf is a wine with great character that’s very affordable to have in your wine library.

Georges Dubœuf is imported by Quintessential Wines.

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