The Beaujolais wine region is nestled between Burgundy to the north and the Rhone Valley to the south. The region’s scenic vineyards hug the banks of the Saône River. The main grape varietal of Beaujolais is Gamay, which makes up 99% of the region’s production. A very small quantity of white wine is made with Chardonnay. Beaujolais has wonderful growing conditions with plentiful sunshine and granite soils that give the wines structure and depth. Sadly, the Beaujolais Nouveau craze has given this magnificent wine region a bad reputation for producing fruity, thin, watery wine that is only to be served at Thanksgiving. We are here to change your perception of Beaujolais and to help clear up this unfortunate misnomer.

Beaujolais is home to ten Crus, aka great and distinctive communes that have been given their own appellations. The ten Crus are listed below, ordered by style from the lighter end to the most rich and full-bodied, along with their typical characteristics:

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Brouilly - The largest Cru in Beaujolais; typically showing notes of blueberry, cherry and currant. Lighter-bodied style meant to be enjoyed within a few years.

Chiroubles - High altitudes vineyards. Lighter-bodied style with aromas of violets.

Régnié - More body than Brouilly and Chiroubles, but still a lighter style. Noted for red berry flavors.

Côte de Brouilly - Situated on the slopes of the defunct volcano Mont Brouilly. These wines have more concentration and are typically medium bodied. Experts recommend enjoying this wine within four years.

Fleurie - Known for floral aromas. Medium-bodied and extremely age worthy.

Saint-Amour - Known for peach aromas and spicy character on the palate. Medium-bodied and very age worthy.

Chénas - The smallest Cru Beaujolais; marked by notes of wild roses. Full-bodied and very age worthy.

Juliénas - Known for rich and spicy wines with exotic floral notes. Full-bodied and very age worthy.

Morgon - Burgundian style with earthy characteristic and silky texture that comes with some age. Noted for stonefruit aromas, Morgon offers a rich, powerful, and full-bodied wine.

Moulin-à-Vent - The most full-bodied of the Beaujolais Crus. These wines can age up to 20 years!

As a whole, Beaujolais is a wine of wonderful, elegant red fruit, good grip and balanced acidity, some density and concentration, great structure and length. Beaujolais is a wine that can be enjoyed upon release, but has the potential to age gracefully for up to twenty years. Beaujolais is a wine that has depth, concentration, great structure, good balanced acidity and length. The wines are more like Burgundy than ever before. The days of carbonic maceration are practically gone. Today the serious producer treats the Gamay grape just like its counterpart the Pinot Noir. The result is a wine that has delightful fruit, structure and length.

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2012 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Moulin-a-Vent Les Trois Roches
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