Wine Advocate 87 points - Duboeuf’s largest single cuvee - their 2009 Beaujolais-Villages, assembled from six different villages and 15 lots from different growers, and destined for the U.S. - is brimming with ripe blackberry and cassis; mouth-filling and plush; and retaining an attractive primary juiciness and hint of berry skin tartness that serves for some invigoration as well as contrast to the wine’s sense of sweetness in the finish. Don’t look for any intrigue here, but certainly for an excellent value that far surpasses the quality of the corresponding 2008. (Aug 2010)
Beaujolais-Villages takes its name from a number of wine-producing villages long identified for the superior quality of their wines. In this instance, “superior refers to greater complexity in bouquet, higher concentration, and deeper flavor. Its distinctive character sets a middle ground for Beaujolais, with its unique, casual charm and the prestigious Top Ten Cru Wines to the north. If one could compare a glass of joyful Beaujolais to Mozart’s Cherubino, then Beaujolais-Villages would be Figaromore mature, worldly and self-assured. Beaujolais-Villages is that ideal, multipurpose red wine we all look for.