It was a fairly toothy 1970-something Beuajolais that introduced me to wine, but the Beaujolais road is a rocky one, even for Gamay lovers. 2000 produced some marginally drinkable Beaujolais and B. Villages, but some of the Crus were transcendent. 2001 was a bust all the way around, except for some pleasant but overpriced crus. 2002 was much anticipated, though you have to wonder how much of the hype was the DeBeouf marketing team going into overdrive, because the regular Beaujolais and Villages were undrinkable, and the crus were not overpowering, though well done.
Well, I can't wait to get into the 2003 Cru Beaujolais if this BV is any indication. Light, as one would expect, but nicely concentrated, with the trademark black cherry and raspberry notes nicely accented by a bracing, but not sour, acidity. None of the off-putting banana notes that marred the 2002 BV's.
This wine earns a solid B in my gradebook. For $9, the QPR is very good.