The color was deep and had a slight purple hue to it (not insanely purple just slightly so). On the nose, there was a definite raspberry upon opening. This later evolved into more of a red cherry. There was also a hint of kirsch. Overall, the wine had a very pleasant and aromatic nose. What I have come to enjoy with Cru Beaujolais is the richer mouth-feel (medium-full body for this one) when compared to certain Burgundy Pinot Noir (not that the lightness of Pinot Noir is not enjoyable…but sometimes, I just feel like something a little heavier). This wine was flavorful, had a medium finish, and good balance. I did not detect any vanilla for this wine, which leads me to believe that very little (if any) new oak was used. Good acidity. The fruits from the nose come through on the palate as well. I got some raspberry that dies down with time, red cherry, possibly a tiny bit of cranberry, and some minerality in the finish.
This wine definitely needs a few years in the cellar (or a couple of hours open in the bottle did the trick for me). Although I do believe that it can be enjoyed now, I am confident that a couple of years will make this wine marvelous.
For those who care about point scores, I would give it a 90. Given the price, this was a lovely wine (Price paid: 20$).