Few people know that the region of Beaujolais produces white wines. Whites from the Beaujolais appellation, or Beaujolais blancs, can carry hints of white peach and apricots, while those from Beaujolais Villages, or Beaujolais Villages blancs, often have aromas of pear, fresh almond and tropical fruit. Whites from both Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages are often zesty, but sometimes carry softer notes of vanilla.
For Wine Geeks
The Beaujolais region’s whites are normally made of Chardonnay and can only be found in two appellations: Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages. Each year, more Beaujolais blanc is produced than Beaujolais Villages blanc, with production volumes normally reaching 11,500 and 3,800 hectoliters respectively. The Beaujolais appellation is three times larger than Beaujolais Villages and, consequently, has a larger Beaujolais blanc vineyard, which explains the difference in production levels.
Ninety-nine percent of all Beaujolais wines are made of Gamay, meaning Beaujolais blancs represent only one percent of the entire region’s wines.