Not all Beaujolais is equal.
The descriptions for the wines below will be here in a little bit (by 7:00pm Wed.).
I LOVE "Cru Beaujolais." It's one of the truly undervalued areas in the world. People hear "Beaujolais" and immediately think, "Beaujolais Nouveau." Cru Beaujolais shouldn't be compared to Beaujolais Nouveau. This is much more like a Burgundy than it is the candied fruit of Nouveau.
"Cru Beaujolais" designates the 10 villages in Northern Beaujolais that comprise the best growing areas - Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Saint-Amour, Chenas, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Julienas and the "new kid on the block," Regnie. These areas are hillier than the rest of Beaujolais and have much rockier soils.
Many factors influence the quality of grapes:
- Weather - this changes each year
- Location - southern-facing hillsides get more sunshine than flat ones
- Yields per acre - the smaller the yield, the better the grapes
- Soil composition
Beaujolais is the southernmost part of Burgundy. It's unlike Burgundy in that the red grape is Gamay and white wine only makes up about 1% of wine production. It's similar to Burgundy in that the weather year year DETERMINES the quality of the grapes in many ways. Another similarity is that location of the vineyards determines the quality of the grapes.
Onto the Crus!
Georges DuBœuf "La Trinquée" Juliénas 2009 (Beajuolais) $14.99 - one of the CLASSic CRU's.....this is CRU BEAUJOLAIS.....lots of red fruit, black fruit, balance.....mocha, dark chocolate.....not tannic.....smooth and rich!
Domaine de la Tour du Bief Moulin-a-Vent 2009 (Beaujolais) $16.99 - This is our favorite of the CRUS and the richest and boldest! Dark fruit and vanilla and coconut dominate this wine.....GREAT with poultry!
Georges DuBœuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2009 (Beajuolais) $15.99 - It's a Morgon and that means dark richness....this has a wonderful ripe, dark berry character to the wine and this cool salinity.....Robert Parker, 91 points