While it is not often we exalt a humble Beaujolais Villages, this one is special. Sourced from just one hectare of vines split across the red clays of Jumeaux and the granite of Les Peloux. The age of the vines is 60 years and these low-cropping Gamay plants deliver a rare depth of flavour for Beaujolais Villages. 100% stainless steel tank with 20% whole bunches. Bright, red and blue fruits, floral, spice, dense. Plush on the palate with great length and crunchy Gamay acid. Pair with charcuterie or cheese. Drink over the next couple of years.
Beaujolais star Janin makes great use out of his old, low-cropped, bush grown vines. About one third of his vines are over eighty years old. Fruit comes exclusively from Janin’s own vineyards which are hand harvested and grown without the use of any herbicides or pesticides. The traditional use of large format old oak brings the added dimension of liveliness and plushness to the wines – without sacrificing any freshness.
Most famous for aromatic, light of body, high acid reds that are made from the Gamay variety. There is a Burgundian sensibility on Rhone soil types which makes for an interesting style. The quality wines are refreshingly tart with aromatic complexity and enough fruit weight to balance out the tartness. You do have the option of cellaring your quality Beaujolais but often it is not required. The best wines are found in the 10 Crus of the region with the less appellations being akin to an ocean in more ways than one. Whites from Chardonnay are available but hard to find.
Grown in the French regions of Beaujolais and Loire Valley. It is early budding, high cropping, aromatic and high acid. It was outlawed from Burgundy by Duke Philippe the Bold for being disloyal. But has no doubt made up for that with honourable service. The best wines from Gamay can be Burgundian in flavour and well worth seeking out. Often they are exceptionally good value too.