Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Terres Dorées Chardonnay 2018

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Wine Advocate- The 2018 vintage is Jean-Paul Brun's 40th, and he can look back with some much deserved satisfaction on a career that has done so much to validate the potential for quality in the southern Beaujolais, as well as a portfolio of wines that exemplify like few others that a more "Burgundian" approach to vinification can be made to work well with the Gamay grape. Destemmed fruit and macerations lasting as much as four weeks, followed by élevage in used barrels, are the order of the day here, and Brun's excellent 2018 portfolio includes several terrific cuvées that Beaujolais lovers will not want to miss. Everything reviewed here comes warmly recommended.

Bottled without any oak, this is rich and full with a terrific mineral finish. With a fresh and fruity bouquet when young, this wine becomes more honeyed as the wine matures, but is always lip-smacking and delicious. This wine exceeds its category.