Discovering the Hidden Gems of Beaujolais Wines

Beaujolais produces a wide range of wines other than Beaujolais Nouveau (Photo: Enis Yavuz,

For many wine enthusiasts, the name 'Beaujolais' often brings to mind the light, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau, released every year on the third Thursday of November. However, the Beaujolais wine region, nestled between Burgundy and Rhône in France, has much more to offer than just the Nouveau. Let's dive in and explore the depth and diversity of Beaujolais wines.

The Crus of Beaujolais

Beaujolais is home to ten 'Crus', each producing wines with distinct character and style. For instance, Morgon, known for its robust and complex wines, capable of aging for several years even decades. Or Fleurie, celebrated for its fragrant, floral wines with silky textures. These Crus wines are made from the same Gamay grape as Beaujolais Nouveau, but they showcase the versatility of the grape and the influence of terroir.

Beaujolais Blanc and Rosé

Beaujolais is not just about red wines. It also produces Beaujolais Blanc from Chardonnay grapes and Beaujolais Rosé from Gamay. The Blanc, though less well-known, offers a refreshing alternative to the heavier white Burgundies, with its crisp acidity and flavors of green apple and pear. The Rosé, on the other hand, is a summertime favorite, with its vibrant red fruit flavors and refreshing finish.

Organic and Biodynamic Wines

Many Beaujolais producers are embracing organic and biodynamic practices, resulting in wines that not only taste great but are also produced in harmony with nature. In fact, the natural wine movement in France started in Beaujolais region in the 1970s. Domaine de la Grand'Cour in Fleurie, for example, has been farming organically since 1975, while Domaine des Terres Dorées has been a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture in the region. These wines are worth seeking out for their purity of fruit flavors and expression of terroir.

Beyond Beaujolais Nouveau, the Beaujolais region offers a diverse range of wines that cater to all tastes and budgets. From the complex and age-worthy Crus, to the refreshing Blanc and Rosé, to the sustainably produced organic and biodynamic wines, there's something for everyone in Beaujolais. So, the next time you're in the wine aisle, don't overlook Beaujolais - you might just discover your new favorite wine.

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