It's tomato season in Michigan, and I'm reveling in the flavors of the fresh heiloom tomatoes we picked up at the Eastern Market in Detroit. And for tomato-based dishes, cooked or raw, there are few wines better than Beaujolais. For my taste, Nouveau is too one dimensional and sharp, and most Beaujolais Villages are just a shade better. My favorite cru Beaujolais, and one of the most ageworthy of the appellation, is this Morgon from Jean Descombes. As an accompaniment to a tomato/Swiss Chard/gruyere cheese casserole we enjoyed this week, this 2002 Jean Descombes was perfect.
The color is a medium deep ruby, still bright and lively. Beautiful bouquet that just keeps getting better--reminds me of fine Pinot Noir. Strong cherry/berry fruit touched with spice. Oh, yes, this wine is heavenly on the palate. Velvety texture, ripe fruit flavors, depth and complexity. Mature but not showing any negative signs of age at all. Mmmmm, one of my favorite vintages of an old favorite.