Wine of the week: A sensational and juicy Beaujolais

âteau Grange Cochard, Beaujolais

2011 Morgon, Les Charmes, Château Grange Cochard, Beaujolais, France (£15.95, Berry Bros. & Rudd, 0800-280 2440,

My New Year wine is one of the least hectic and urgent reds that I can think of. I would like to ease you into January carefully and on a firm footing, with this mellifluous slice of affordable genius.

I am not one for giving up booze in January, but I always up the ante and just open less bottles – finer and fewer is the call. So with this vintage mantra in mind, please open your cellars and usher in this sensational Beaujolais.

Coming from the tricky 2011 vintage, which is forward and juicy at the very least, this exceptionally beautiful Morgon (one of the ten Cru Beaujolais villages) is summed up by its pretty name.

Grange Cochard is a mastercraftsman and the gamay fruit in this limpid, silky red is as charming as you could possibly imagine. Perfect for those who like smooth, un-challenging reds for all-purpose, classy consumption and, with its carefully judged caress of oak, there is enough breeding and nobility to satisfy classicists, too.

Make sure that it is this cuvée which you order because there are four or five and this is the finest and also one of the least expensive.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (

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