Burgundy’s standouts boast charm, brightness, supple fruit and moderate tannins, and the region’s unusually warm, dry weather during summer 2015 resulted in what’s being hyped as a “dream vintage” for Beaujolais. The best news: Even top Beaujolais from estates in the 10 cru villages remain reasonably priced. The challenge is that many have already disappeared, but if you can get your hands on these all-purpose red wines, they complement serious dishes and also nicely match casual fare.
Château De Pierreux, Brouilly, 2015
This classic, ripe, plummy Brouilly features floral, sweet herb aromas and black cherry fruit. Produced at an historic domaine by the dynamic and bicontinental Jean-Charles Boisset, the style straddles the line between pure sensuality and earthy terroir expression, and will age easily for another five years.
$19, Reservoir Wine and Spirits, Boston
Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes, Côte-de-Brouilly, 2015
Lush, silky and very smooth, this wine is made at an estate that farms grapes on the granite slopes of Mont Brouilly. It’s laden with red cherries and notes of almond, plus great balancing acidity. Medium-bodied and graceful, this is an ideal pairing with meaty fish dishes and will also keep for years in the bottle—but is too good now to resist drinking.
$23, Cambridge Wine & Spirits
Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées, Fleurie, 2015
This bottle is light and elegant, with a clean, fresh fruit character and minimal tannins. The aromas are more strawberry-like, with touches of dried herb, tobacco and violet, while the red berry flavors are accented with baking spice and a touch of anise. It can be served a little cooler than you might drink most red wines and complements salads and smoked fish.
$21, Concord Provisions
Sandy Block is a master of wine and the vice president of beverage operations for Legal Sea Foods.