Unique Beaujolais red wines
A treat of a wine that’s ideal for any occasion, Beaujolais is as generous with the nose as with the palate. Beaujolais Nouveau, a subdivision of the Beaujolais appellation, gave rise to the entire region’s reputation for producing exciting wines. Offering an inimitable explosion fruit flavors, Beaujolais wines are lively, youthful and easy to drink.
The Beaujolais appellation is the widest spread of the region, covering about 24 square miles in the south and east. The vines grow in limestone-clay and granitic soils over 72 villages. Like every red and rosé produced in the region, wines from the Beaujolais appellation are made of the Gamay grape, with the exception of white Beaujolais, which is made of Chardonnay.
Since 1937, 1,800 vine growers have produced an average of 41 million bottles a year. Roughly 65 percent of Beaujolais Nouveau comes from this appellation, the remainder coming from the Beaujolais Villages area.
The golden stones, or pierres dorées, found in southern Beaujolais represent the region’s cradle. The soil here dates back millions of years to the Mesozoic period.
Rosés in Beaujolais
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.
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.
Do you know we make white wines too?
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.
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.
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