louis jardot beaujolais village 2007When the days start to lengthen, the suns rays tingle warm on the skin and the howling British winds reduce to a mere whistle on the windows, we know that it must surely be... GAMAY time.  The last winter was a long one and those of us condemned to serve out our damp sentence on Pudding Island can do nothing else but raise our glasses cheerfully and wait for them to be filled with this delicious summery grape variety.

The Louis Jardot Beau Village 2007 is young, thirst quenching and ideally suited lightly chilled and in your glass.  If you're feeling particularly Bacchic then why not let a little run down your chin... I do!

The fruits are light raspberry and glistening red on the tongue.  One glass inevitably leads to the next and the next to all things summery and mischievous.  I noticed this wine being served in bars around the capital which is a bonus... look out in the shires!

RRP from £8.05

Stockists: Tesco, Budgens, Booths, Waitrose,  Matthew Clark, www.everywine.co.uk

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