Although most Beaujolais wines are red, the region does produce a small amount of rosés. Beaujolais rosés and Beaujolais Villages rosés are vibrant in color, with irresistible aromas of fresh fruit, making for balanced wines that are versatile enough to enjoy as an aperitif, at a barbecue, or even paired with seafood.
For Wine Geeks
Rosés are part of the Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages appellations (the 10 Crus are all reds). Beaujolais produces more than 13,500 hectoliters of rosé each year – far more than Beaujolais Villages, where roughly 4,000 hectoliters are produced. The difference in production volume is partially due to vineyard size, as the one-square-mile Beaujolais rosé vineyard is three times the size of the Beaujolais Villages rosé plot.
The Gamay grapes used to make Beaujolais rosés and Beaujolais Villages rosés are identical to those used in the production of the entire region’s reds, in spite of the noticeable color difference.