Friday, July 27, 2007

beaujolais info

  • Beaujolais Nouveau wines are the first wines from the new vintage, released on the 3rd Thursday of November after harvest. They have become so immensely popular that people commonly assume that all wines from the region are produced in this style.
  • Beaujolais superior wines are slightly more ripe and contain more alcohol than the nouveau wines.
  • Beaujolais villages are wines that are made from a mixture of different villages. Beaujolais Villages makes up 25% of the region's production.
  • Cru Beaujolais come from better vineyard sites in and around the ten "crus" in the north part of the region. Wine from these individual crus, which make up for the rest of the percentage, can be more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived. These wines do not usually show the word "Beaujolais" on the label, leaving one with little recourse but to memorize the list. The ten crus are the following: Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, Chénas, Fleurie, Juliénas, and most recently, Régnié.

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