Here are four delicious 2015 Beaujolais - just a hint of pleasures to come as more wines from this terrific vintage reach our market. As a bonus for palates looking for a richer wine, we add one from Turkey, combining indigenous and international grape varieties to create something special.
Château des Capitans Juliénas 2015
Beaujolais, France, $20
Rich and savory, this wine brings to mind a cold winter's night with a wood fire and a boeuf bourguignon on the stove. Château des Capitans is from the Les Vins Georges Duboeuf portfolio and is just reaching this market, so availability should improve. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.
Manoir du Carra Terre de Combiaty Brouilly 2015
Two and a half stars.
Beaujolais, France, $18
This sprightly red offers black-cherry flavors and a hint of smoke, then reveals an enticing citrusy finish. It's delicious now but should improve further in bottle over the next few years. ABV: 13 percent.
Jean Paul Champagnon Cuvée Champagne Fleurie 2015
Two and a half stars.
Beaujolais, France, $21
Perhaps the appellation name of Fleurie is suggestive, but wines from here do seem to smell of violets. This wine adds a nice level of complexity with a hint of mushrooms and herbs. ABV: 13 percent.
Diren Karmena 2014
Anatolia, Turkey, $15
Turkey, like many countries in Eastern Europe, Asia Minor and the Caucasus, is producing delicious wines by combining indigenous grape varieties grown for centuries with more familiar international varieties such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. (There's often a French or American winemaker consultant involved.) This charmer is based on okuzgozu and bogazkere, bolstered by syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015
Beaujolais, France, $13
I include this expressively fruity example here because it not only is a tasty introduction to Beaujolais but also should be easy to find. Many wine stores may have a basic Duboeuf and nothing else from the region. That's a shame, but at least this wine can start your explorations. ABV: 13.5 percent.
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Three stars Exceptional, two stars Excellent, one star Very Good Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.
Dave McIntyre writes about wine weekly. He also blogs at dmwineline.com.