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Beaujolais

Sandwiched between the South of Burgundy and the North of the Rhone Valley the wines of Beaujolais are an expression of pure fruit flavours squeezed from the Gamay grape.

The wines generally have a light body, such as the classic Nouveau style, though a fuller structure can certainly be present in a Cru level wine.

Sandwiched between the South of Burgundy and the North of the Rhone Valley the wines of Beaujolais are an expression of pure fruit flavours squeezed from the Gamay grape.

The wines generally have a light body, such as the classic Nouveau style, though a fuller structure can certainly be present in a Cru level wine.

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A good Beaujolais possess' enough depth to complement a variety of foods and is particularly well matched to tomato based sauces and salads, next to a BBQ, while a few match well to game meat.

Vines and Terrior

About half of all the Gamay in the world is grown in Beaujolais were it is the only red grape permitted for Beaujolais wines. The vine has had a chequered history but its consistent yields and suitability to the soils of Beaujolais has seen it flourish in the region.

Gamay is naturally high in acid, which helps in accompanying many foods, and is why the soils of Beaujolais are important as it is the sandstone and granite soils here that help soften the wine. The grape also has naturally low tannin meaning most wines show vibrant fruit but are light weight on the palate and are not made to age

Appellation System

The term Beaujolais covers the general appellation area, which in itself is a 34 mile (55 kilometre) stretch of land that is between 7 to 9 miles (11 to 14 km) wide, and any wine made from Gamay can carry the region's name.

Beaujolais Villages relates to 39 villages where the soil is deemed to be of a better quality than the general Beaujolais region and so it is expected that higher quality Beaujolais wines will be made.

There are 10 recognised Cru (regions) in Beaujolais consisting of Juliénas, St-Amour, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly.  These are on the best soils and are usually a more gamey and full bodied version of Gamay.

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  1. Beaujolais-Villages, Chateau de la Pierre

    Beaujolais-Villages, Chateau de la Pierre 2014 75cl

    A soft, fragrant bouquet with delicious red berry fruit and a stylish finish.

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  2. Brouilly Pisse Vieille, Doufour

    Brouilly Pisse Vieille, Doufour, 2012 75cl

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    Soft tannin and a light body support light cherry fruit flavour. The finsh is soft but also lingering with plenty of summer fruits just sitting in the background.

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  3. Fleurie, Majors Georges Duboeuf

    Fleurie, Majors Georges Duboeuf (Pin bottle), 2014 75cl

    One of the more popular Cru Villages. A well balanced wine.

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  4. Fleurie President Marguerite, Cave de Fleurie

    Fleurie Presidente Marguerite, Cave de Fleurie, 2015 75cl

    The lightest of the Beaujolais Cru's. A wine with intense black fruit aromas which pairs delightfully with charcuterie.

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  5. Julienas, Domaine Joubert

    Julienas, Domaine Joubert, 2014 75cl

    A fine Cru Beaujolais made from the Gamay grape. Round and light with flavours reminiscent of fresh redcurrant.

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  6. Moulin a Vent, Domaine Richard Rottiers

    Moulin a Vent, Domaine Richard Rottiers, 2015 75cl

    Light on the palate with fresh dark berry fruit accompanying a soft minerality.

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  7. Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau, 2017 75cl

    It is very hard to write a tasting note for a wine that has not yet been finished. According to the wine maker, despite this year's troubled vintage, the fruit came through at the end which enabled the soft bubblegum character and the light soft cherry

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  8. Fleurie Jambon, France (Half Bottle)

    Fleurie Jambon, France (Half Bottle), 2012 37.5cl

    A delicious Fleurie with a light cassis aroma with good soft structure tannin and balance on the finish.

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