Here are a couple of fun-facts about our beloved crus Beaujolais:
- There are ten villages or crus recognized in Beaujolais to produce distinctive red wines, all made entirely from the gamay grape variety.
- Gamay was exiled from the Côte D’Or of Burgundy by the Duke of Burgundy at the end of the 14th century for being “a very bad and disloyal plant”.
- Gamay is better suited to the hard, granitic soils of Beaujolais than the softer limestone soils of the Côte D’Or.
over 20% off!
A bottle of each of the wines described below. Travel village by village at your own pace through the entire region of Beaujolais; or get your crew together and open them all at once to share the ultimate cru Beaujolais experience!
2010 Domaine Saint Cyr Chénas $15
Raphael Saint-Cyr continues along his father Thierry’s path to produce natural-minded Beaujolais from vineyards scattered all over the region. The whole estate went organic in 2009 and has been certified since 2012. This is the only one of these six featured wines with some bottle age, and as such, it is a bit softer and more open than the others.
2013 Domaine Yohan Lardy Moulin-A-Vent “Les Michelons” $24
We featured Yohan’s father’s wine in the inaugural edition of BOJONANZA, and were pleased to meet Yohan when he was in Boston a short while ago. He brought with him the above-pictured box of rocks illuminating the diversity of soil compositions found in Beaujolais.
2013 Domaine Emile Cheysson Chiroubles “Clos les Farges” $20
Notable statesman and sociologist Emile Cheysson chose Chiroubles for the site of his country home, near which already stood a wine cellar constructed by a monastery hundreds of years earlier. Now owned by Jean-Pierre Large, this is a truly exemplary Chiroubles — relatively light, with a bit of the Fleurie floral airiness.
2013 Anne-Sophie Dubois Fleurie “L’Alchimiste” $23
Dubois represents the new generation of the region’s winemakers who are pushing Beaujolais farther toward Burgundy in quality and recognition. “L’Alchimiste” is all about purity and finesse, with subtle floral aromatics typically found in Fleurie.
2013 Domaine Lagneau Côte de Brouilly “Vieilles Vignes” $20
Gérard, Jeannine, and their son Didier work the family’s 17-hectare estate scattered around throughout Morgon, Regnié, and the steep slopes of Brouilly. This cuvée comes from a plot of 75-year-old vines growing on blue schist at 200m altitude and resulted in a mere 3,000 bottles this vintage.
2013 Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon “La Voûte Saint-Vincent” $20
As the name would suggest, the brother and sister team of Louis-Benoit and Claude-Emmanuelle Desvignes comes from a long line (8 generations) of vignerons in Morgon. They are in Javernières, the best positioned plot of the famed Côte du Py, and the average age of their vines is 70 years. They work more or less organically but choose not to go for certification because of the administrative hassle. Morgon is the region most likely to produce wines of Burgundian power and cellar-worthiness, and this wine is a fine example.