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WTN: '05 G. Descombes Brouilly

by Mark Lipton » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:50 pm

Treating the broader topic of what represents good QPR to me, I find that my "go-to" souces for QPR wines these days tend to be Beaujolais and Loire Cab Franc for red wines, and Muscadet and QbA Riesling for whites. (Steve E's Syrahs are a category all their own). With that in mind, last night Jean came home in a bad mood and feeling lousy, so I hied down to the cellar for a ready-to-drink red to help salve her aching soul. What I came back with was:

2005 Georges Descombes Brouilly
nose: meaty, verging on Band-Aid, raspberry fruit
palate: medium body, deep fruit, rich mouthfeel, bright acidity

This wine was purchased last fall in Paris for about €14, a price that I would gladly pay again. I can see why Lyle Fass likened this wine to a Vosne-Romanee in his blog: it's got the weight and fruit profile. But the fruit is still recognizably Gamay and the tannins are soft enough that I didn't regret opening it now. Will it get better? Dunno, but it's lovely now.

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Re: WTN: '05 G. Descombes Brouilly

by David M. Bueker » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:42 pm

That weight seems to be a 2005 phenomenon, especially in that it is coupled with sufficient structure to not be top-heavy like the 2003s.
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Re: WTN: '05 G. Descombes Brouilly

by Rahsaan » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:57 pm

Not bad. Although I think this wine is tough QPR in the States at close to $30.
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Re: WTN: '05 G. Descombes Brouilly

by David M. Bueker » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:59 pm

Indeed it is. It's also a tough find, even in more recent vintages.
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