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Loron, St-Amour "Clos des Billards"1989
8 year old cru Beaujolais that is drinking really well and would probably be better after 2000. Medium thin garnet red colour. Nose is redolent of strawberries with a slightly jarring metallic note, pepper and spice. Developing aromas of damp undergrowth. On the palate the wine is grippy, with chewy tannins and maybe just a hint of the stalks. There is plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit, mushroomy, dank flavours and wood - not vanillin, but rather older wood, though not at all unpleasant. Good length, with a strong, spicy edge maintained. Pretty serious stuff. (12/97)