Where is the Cru Beaujolias Wine Region?
The historical Province of Beaujolais is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the northern Rhône-Alpes region and southern areas of the Saône-et-Loire of Burgundy with over 44,000 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligote, and predominately Gamay grapes in this French wine-making region. While all wines of Beaujolais are typically associated with mass production wines known as Beaujolais Villages or Nouveau, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
That’s why this article focuses on Cru Beaujolais which is the highest classification of the Beaujolais rejoins. Unlike Burgundy and Alsace, the term “Cru” refers to a wine producing area versus a specific vineyard site.
How Many Wine Producing Areas are in Cru Beaujolais?
The Cru Beaujolais are comprised of 10 different Cru’s: Brouilly, Regnie, Chiroubles, Cote de Bruilly, Fleurie, Saint- Amour, Chenas, Julienas, Morgon, and Moulin-a-Vent with the majority of the crus planted with Gamay grapes.
Brouilly, Regnie, and Chirobles often produce softer style wines that are meant to typically be consumed within 3 years. These wines often have fruit forward characteristics that boast blueberries, cherries, and raspberries.
Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, and Saint Amour typically produce medium-bodied wines that should be aged up to four years. These areas produce wines that have more floral bouquets with secondary aromas of herbs and earthiness.
Chenas, Julienas, Morgon, and Moulin-a-Vents have excellent ageing potential, anywhere from 10-20 years. These areas produce the most complex flavor profiles of all the Crus.
One of the Best-kept Beaujolais Secrets – Until Now
Wine lovers know that the Louis Jadot Corporation is synonymous with Beaujolais, however many are not aware of their renowned estate Chateau des Jacques. Their highly-regarded 2015 vintages have arrived here at Horizon just in time for the holidays!
Some of our favorite wines from Chateau des Jacques are the Morgon Cote du Py and Moulin a Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin; both are reminiscent of wines from Rhone.
Cru Beaujolais Serving Suggestions
*Serve slightly chilled, paired with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie at a cocktail party
*Pairs well with poultry and meat dishes for holiday meals