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Beaujolais

The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy ...

The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais exist though most is sold under the basic Beaujolais appellation. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Beaujolais-Villages, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior section are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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    Duboeuf Morgon Jean-Ernest Descombes 2015
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Marrans Morgon Corcelette 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent Domaine de la Vigne Romaine 2015
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de Colette Regnie Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Marrans Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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