The Beaujolais
and South Burgundy Regions

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Beaujolais is part of the wine region of Burgundy, but its wines have to be considered separately for several reasons:

  • A special variety very suitable ground: Gamay. This variety was banished from the northern Burgundy Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
  • A different climate of Burgundy hot summer and cool winter.
  • A unique tradition in France: Beaujolais Nouveau, which involves drinking wine in its youth to enjoy its fruity character.

BEAUJOLAIS GRAPES VARIETY
CHARACTER AND WINEMAKING

WINES OF CHARACTER

  • Wines known for their fruity character.
  • Crus: more complex and profound wines.
  • Moulin-à-Vent and Chénas: most typed: structured, more biting, true wines for aging.

KING GAMAY

  • Only two grapes in Beaujolais red wines, which represent 95% of production, are made from the Gamay grape.
  • White wines, Beaujolais Blanc and Beaujolais Villages Blanc, Chardonnay use.

Beaujolais red wines come from a winemaking whole grapes which are macerated for 3-4 days. A winemaking technique, very natural, allowing the gradual opening of grapes. The resulting wine is slightly tannic, colorful and very fruity.

Most Beaujolais wines are at their peak for 2 years, except Crus, whose custody capacity up to about 5 years.

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