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Jan 28, 2008 05:40 PM

SF wine stores that sell aged Cru Beaujolais?

I'm thinking about holding an offline in San Francisco next time I go and I'd like to do it with some aged Cru Beaujolais (I own nothing older than 2004). Any suggestion of a store that might carry some? I've already checked with Kermit Lynch, North Berkeley Imports and Paul Marcus wines.

Or there is better wine to try for the same price?

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  1. Steve,

    Very FEW stores will carry older Beaujolais -- the way that the same exact store might/will carry older Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhône wines. This isn't because Crus don't age, but rather because a) the demand for older Crus doesn't exist, and b) the public perception is that Beaujolias is best consumed yesterday, egro: see point "a)".


    Wish I could be of more help.


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    1. re: zin1953

      Also, there isn't the margins in Cru Beaujolais that there is in Bordeaux or Burgundy. But I was hoping for some out-of-the-way place that might still have some older inventory.

      1. re: SteveTimko

        I'm sure there is, but would you trust the storage conditions there?

    2. is your friend for cases like this. Wine House in SF shows up with a few different bottlings of cru and b-v from 2002.

      You might contact SFWTC and/or Weimax in Burlingame. Both sometimes have things a release or two back.

      However, most retailers would have discounted and moved out older stock by now.

      1. Premier Cru in Emeryville might be worth a call.

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        1. re: DavidT

          A search at their web site shows no Beaujolais.

        2. I was thinking Blackwell's might be good, since we do see pretty unusual stuff there, but the closest I came on their web inventory was Trenel 2005 Morgon Beaujolais Cote de Py, $21

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          1. re: SteveG

            I liked Blackwell's the one time I went in there. But the store hasn't been around that long to have much in the way of older stock.

            Blackwell's Wines & Spirits
            5620 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Good point. I assumed they'd been around longer because we found a magnum of Ken Wright's Pinot Noir, one of his "better" vineyards there along with 4 or 5 of his other bottlings and some Tyrus Evans stuff, most of which I thought had to be purchased as futures and thus would have a delay of a few years before being available. I always get thrown off because my parents are selling their 2003 Cabernet now--not this rush to market with immature wine!

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Uh that is not true because many new stores get older stock at auction. Just because they are new has nothing to do with the age of their back stock.

                1. re: jason carey

                  Yes, you're absolutely right that retailers can purchase older stock at auction. There'd be little economic incentive to backfill with Beaujolais though, I imagine. Maybe a few bottles could be part of a mixed auction lot and get into inventory that way.

                  In any case, it would be interesting to hear from Steve on whether he had any luck in his search.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Just the place you mentioned Melanie and I still haven't been able to get there to buy it. SOmething always pops up. Like you point out, there isn't a lot of money in Beaujolais, which is part of the reason I'm attracted to it in the first place. Great wine for little money.