2008 Henry Fessy Saint-Amour

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Henry Fessy
Variety: Gamay
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Saint-Amour
ABV: 13.0%
Price: $25 (BC LDB), $25 (EWine)

He says: Wines from the Beaujolais Cru regions tend to be inexpensive, primarily because of the poor reputation that Beaujolais Nouveau has given the name. Let’s not heap all that blame on the Nouveau wines however, as this bottle of Beaujolais Cru isn’t helping matters either. As the most expensive in our trio of wines from the region, it proved to be a poor value. The funky nose, and dilute palate left me pretty disappointed.

She says: There seems to be a distinct lack of choice when it comes to buying Beaujolais Cru wines in Vancouver.  We had to go to 2 different stores to find 3 different cru wines and only after searching the on-line inventories. This effort was not well rewarded!  At the $25 price point I can think of a long list of wines I’d prefer to drink.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- ruby
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, developing, barnyard, red fruit, banana, a bit smelly really
Tastes like: Dry, med- acidity, med body, med intensity, med tannin, raspberry, cherry, barnyard, hint of coffee, very dilute, med alcohol, med- finish
Summary: Average, Ready to drink

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.