Though regarded part of Burgundy, the granitic schists of Beaujolais have more in common with the Northern Rhone than the cap-rock limestone of the Côte du Nuits. It is the home of the Gamay grape and its wines are loved throughout the world. The styles run from the fruity Beaujolais Nouveau and delicious Beaujolais-Villages to more complex and serious offerings from one of the ten Beaujolais crus, situated in the appellations northern area known as Haut Beaujolais. (The ten Beaujolais cru are: St-Amour, Juliènas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly).
“Good Beaujolais really delivers so much drinking pleasure,” wrote Gary Walsh of The Wine Front as he concluded his write-up of the 2015 Piron Beaujolais Brouilly.
Who can argue, really? This region was the focus of the latest edition of trendy UK wine mag Noble Rot. “Beaujolais, at least the best of it, is now serious stuff, a wine allowed to play in the shoals of Burgundy, while creeping open the door to just a touch more pleasure, all while offering what Burgundy typically hasn’t: consistency,” wrote Jon Bonné in his article The Pleasure of Now.
The piece written in the same magazine by Jamie Goode was entitled Gamay: A Grape Whose Time Has Come. Dominique Piron, president of Inter-Beaujolais regional body, couldn't agree more. He’s been waiting a while for this, with a family history in Morgon going back to the late 1500s. “The fashion for heavy, powerful wines has gone,” he says. “We have a grape that’s right in the slot. Beaujolais’ moment is now.” That sentiment has been given all the more resonance by the arrival of the 2015 wines. It was a harvest to shine a bright beam of light on the grace, perfume, poise and pleasure of Beaujolais. Don’t hesitate for a second.