Steven Spurrier's top wines to put in the cellar

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Steven Spurrier to the cellar 2013, Charly Thevenet Regnie

2011 Beaujolais crus

After superb vintages in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Beaujolais is back in the spotlight, and deserves to be in the cellar. Nobody knows it better than Roger Harris (www. beaujolaisandbeyond.co.uk) who showed me a wide range, from which three stood out: Domaine de la Grosse Pierre, Chiroubles (£12.95), Alain Passot’s black-fruited, still rich and dense wine; Domaine des Ducs, St-Valentin, St-Amour (£13.30), with rich, briary-earthy fruit for autumn drinking; and Nathalie Fauvin, Prestige, Chénas (£13.40), explosively ripe fruit, lovely texture and serious depth. Later, InterBeaujolais presented vintages back to Château des Jacques’ superb Clos du Grand Carquelin, Moulin-à-Vent 1999, plus a range of 2011s from young winemakers, my choice being: Domaine Julien Sunier, Fleurie (£18.95, Roberson); Domaine Cédric Chignard, Les Moriers, Fleurie (£15.95, Berry Bros & Rudd); Charly Thevenet, Grain et Granit, Régnié (£18.95, Roberson); Château du Moulin- à-Vent, Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent (£14.95, Berry Bros & Rudd), and the superb Vers le Mont, Fleurie and Julienas en Bottières from Moulin du Carra, seeking an importer.

Taken from the November 2013 issue of Decanter magazine