The red and rosé wines of Beaujolais are made from the Gamay grape plus a very small percentage of Pinot Noir. There are ten areas that are called Crus Beaujolais and can use their names as appellations on the label.
The ten Crus are:
The ten Crus are:
- SAINT-AMOUR-This light, easy-drinking cru is the most northerly of the ten, characterized by soft red fruit.
- JULIÉNAS-the wines tend to be on the weightier side, with dark red fruit flavors and earthiness
- CHÉNAS-is a sturdier cru and has a mineral intensity – like its neighbor Moulin-a-Vent – that develops with age.
- MOULIN-À-VENT-When it comes to body, ageability, and tannic structure, Moulin-à-Vent reigns above them all.
- FLEURIE- is characterized by blossom-like red fruit and the unmistakeable aromas of les fleurs rose and violet. Undoubtedly the prettiest of the crus, Fleurie is excellent chilled.
- CHIROUBLES-For those who are used to drinking standard Beaujolais or even Beaujolais Nouveau, Chiroubles is a great wine to transition into the world of cru Beaujolais.
- MORGON-Second only to Moulin-a-Vent in terms of body and structure, Morgon is another fuller-bodied, more serious cru. Morgon is especially granite-centric, creating concentrated, serious, and fairly tannic wines.
- RÉGNIÉ-is the youngest of the Beaujolais crus, and stylistically, it brings together the fresh fruit of Brouilly with a bit of the body and structure of Morgon.
- CÔTE DE BROUILLY-Côte means hillside in French, but the Côte de Brouilly isn’t actually a hillside at all – it’s an ancient volcano. Vines are grown on the ancient volcano’s slopes, where they get more sun and better drainage than the surrounding plains of Brouilly. This creates wines that are a bit riper, more serious, and more ageable than little brother Brouilly.
- BROUILLY- Light to medium bodied, it is typically lively, fruity, and fresh.
Maison Joseph Drouhin, Fleurie Domaine des Hospices de Belleville 2016
Having a pretty ruby, violet colour, the wine begins by expressing pretty floral notes of violet, rose, iris, with a typical peppery note which then evolves into red fruits. The flesh is smooth and silky with soft Tannins, like a caress, the finale is long fresh and persistant.
$36. Special order
Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades 2017
The 2017 Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades is an irresistible wine, soaring from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, complemented by a delicate top note of rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with good concentration at the core, melting tannins, mouthwatering acids and a flavorful finish. This cuvée is produced from 12 of the domaine's 37 hectares and sold to French embassies. If readers observe that the label resembles Château Thivin's, that's because it was formerly part of that famous estate: but if anything, the Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes's wines are more elegant than those being produced by Thivin today.
$30. Special order
Marcel Lapierre, Raisins Gaulois 2018
Nearly all of the vines tapped for Raisins Gaulois comes from within the esteemed cru of Morgon, with small amounts of fruit from the larger Beaujolais appellation. Like all of Lapierre's wines, this is from organically farmed land and fermented with native yeasts, using whole clusters. These young vines provide that fruit-forward, rambunctious and unctuous Gamay grapey personality (yes, that's an apt descriptor for Gamay). As spring approaches, this light and fruity red is the best bet to win over the hearts of house guests and BBQ invitees. Please serve with a chill. Thank you, and thank Marcel Lapierre.
$23. Special order