and South Burgundy Regions
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.
- 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.