Found on the clearance rack at Great Wines: a bottle of 2003 Georges Dubuf Chénas. 2003 was the year of the massive heat wave in Europe that killed nearly 15,000 people in France. The heat also had a powerful impact on grapes in the area, and the few grapes that were harvested were generally of great quality. This wine presents a nose of stewed fruit, though it's more subtle than when you normally come across that aroma. Flavor-wise it's mellow, with just a trace of tannins and raisin/prune notes. Not as strong as something like a Banyuls, but it combines these interesting elements with smooth and light mouth feel. Once again this is a reminder why the Cru Beaujolais should never be underestimated.
I've got just two of the Crus left to try: Chiroubles and Côte-de-Brouilly. Any hints on where to find these in Memphis? Wine shop or restaurant, either is fine.