Georges Duboeuf a pioneer of the Beaujolais region
Georges Duboeuf wines – Georges Duboeuf wines is an emblematic character in the French wine industry. A constant ambasador of the wines of Beaujolais, through his company, he has helped promote the image of his native region in 120 countries. An important player in Beaujolais, they represent 15% of the region production. Born into a wine family in the area of Pouilly-Fuissé in the Mâconnais, at the southern border of Burgundy, Georges Duboeuf wines is a seasoned wine veteran. He created Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in 1964, after being a captain of industry in the local wine industry for over a decade. The rest,is a succes history. Georges was the first to estate bottle wines in the Beaujolais region and marketing them.
Today the company acts as negociant, making wines from various vineyards from selected growers as well as crafting from their own Domaine. It is worth to mention that Duboeuf is the only producer in the Beaujolais that makes wine from the 10 growth or Beaujolais crus. These are Chiroubles, Régnié, Brouilly, Fleurie, Morgon, Saint-Amour, Côte de Brouilly, Julienas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent.
The romantic history between Duboeuf and Quebec goes back to 1967, when Monsieur Duboeuf was invited to the Universal Exposition in 1967. From then, it was love at the first sight. To celebrate the collaboration between Quebec and Duboeuf, the company launched two special editions ( in white and red) to celebrate the 375 anniversary of Montreal.
Duboeuf’s wine stand side by side with other emblematic french brands such Mouton Rothschild or Chateu d’ Yquem. Like its Bordeaux peers, they regularly rank as prestigigous wine brands in important listings such Drinks International or World’s Admired Wine Brand.
I recently participated in a Duboeuf tasting in the company of Franck Duboeuf, second-generation propietor of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. The wine tasting was an eye opening experience of the different styles that this house produces in the Beaujolais region.
Franck Duboeuf is the new of face, as his father is slowly entering into retirement. My impression of Monsieur Duboeuf was of a dynamic and enthusiastic businessman who will continue to be the ambassador of Beaujolais in the XXI century. Despite the changing tastes of wines by the new generation such as the Millenials, Duboeuf recognizes the importance of sticking to the roots and recognizing the work of local wine producers. The company works with 400 vignerons and 20 cooperatives.
These days Franck Duboeuf is going for the international market. Around 75% of the business of Duboeuf wines is done in overseas market. This account for a healthy 54 million Euros. Canada is the 4th largest market for Beaujolais and there is considerable room for expansion.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf wines tasted:
Beaujolais Rose 2016
SAQ Depot # 12244598 $20.05
Lovely aromatic nose redolescent of raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb nuances. Elegant, quite balanced and very fresh. A delicious rose to have with lobster salads, or raw salmon dishes.
SAQ # 212480. $13.45 LCBO # 212480 $12.95
A stylish and elegant nose bringing to mind red and black fieldberries. On the mouth, pleasant and harmonious with a good acidity. Easy to drink with medium tannins and a nice persistent finish. Will complement well, mediterranean based fish dishes.
Beaujolais Cuvée 375e 2014 Montréal
SAQ # 13210859 $14.95
On the nose, quite a gourmand spiced black fruit as well as with a lot of spice. On the mouth, quite modern, crowd pleasing yet with an elegant and balanced side. Would work quite well with a grilled veal chop with a knob of halzenut butter.
Morgon 2014. SAQ # 12073952 $17.95
A powerful Morgon. Aromas of ripe red fruit, spices such as ginger, nutmeg and dry rose petals. On the mouth, structured with a good tannin grip, yet very fresh. Serious enough to have with a charcoaled prime rib steak.
Julienas Prestige 2009
( Private Import, Philippe Dandurand $28.55)
This Juliénas is ripe, concentrated, a powerful expression of Gamay with a more serious intent. Muscular and earthy, with a black fruit taste profile showing no signs of slowing down. Very racy and elegant. This wine will stand with a filet mignon Rossini in style.
SAQ # 70540 $18.55 LCBO: 213934 $18.20
A nice juicy Beaujolais with aromas of red berries such as cranberries and strawberries. Mouthwatering acidity with a layered textured and easy going tannins. Should be lovely with roasted chicken or pan grilled salmon fillet.
Moulin a Vent 2014, Domaine de la Vigne Romaine.
( Private Import, Philippe Dandurand. $24.60)
Dense with a ripe and sweet black fruit core, it has great juicy acidity with more layers of red berries. Quite big on the palate with an aftertaste bringing to mind black plum flavors. It needs aging. Decant now or keep for 5-7 years in the cellar. Enjoy it with a beef bourguignon.