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Beaujolais Wine

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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 wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais 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. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections 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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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2020  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2020
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais 2020  Front Label
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    • Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades 2020  Front Label
      Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades 2020
      Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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      Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2020
      Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Thivin Brouilly Reverdon 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Thivin Brouilly Reverdon 2020
      Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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