2006 Château de La Chaize Brouilly ($15)
Earthy aromas and lightly savory raspberry fruit mark this simple but enjoyable wine from Brouilly, a French village that is one of the 10 Beaujolais crus.
2006 Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes ($15)
A perennial value from Beaujolais, this luxuriously cherry-scented red is one of several wines from small estates that are bottled and marketed by Beaujolais magnate Georges Duboeuf.
2005 Louis Jadot Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent ($17)
Anyone who thinks top cru Beaujolais can’t stand up to Burgundy should try this wine from Jadot’s estate in Moulin-à-Vent. It balances velvety texture against pinpoint acidity, while the ripe black raspberry flavor deepens through a long finish.