While I respect the call and can appreciate the sentiment towards Beaujolais, an area that is summarily dismissed as inferior, I think Hardy may have missed the boat regarding the top wine of the region.
I do appreciate the “easy” selection of the Mont (Cote) du Py, a beautiful and famous hillside vineyard, but half the fun of drinking a beaujolais is discovering what others often overlook (and getting drunk). Now I know what everyone is going to say, there is Fleurie on every street corner. I know you can walk to your corner gas station and pick up three different producers of Fleurie. But, only one has Peter Weygandt comparing Beaujolais to Romanee-Conti…
Pierre Chermette Fleurie “Les Garants” 2007
No chaptalization, indigenous yeast, no filtration, and usually they don’t even add sulfur. Natural, beautiful, classic wine. It simply may not get any better than this.
So with that, Sir Dirty South WIne Blog Man, I challenge thee to a Cru-Boo throw down. Whether it be in your hometown, downtown, or net-town (made that one up).