France: Burgundy

Heart of Beaujolais

Southern crus and communes from Lancié to Tarare
By Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Main appellations

Beaujolais

The generic appellation – mainly red with a little rosé and white. Reds are exclusively made with Gamay. Half of the Beaujolais red is sold as Beaujolais Primeur or Beaujolais Nouveau (much of it of poor quality), being released on the third Thursday of November after the harvest.

Beaujolais Villages

Predominantly red, though a little white and rosé is made, from 38 villages in the northern half of Beaujolais. The name of the village can be added to the label if all the wine comes from there but as a number of these villages are crus in their own right there is no point marketing an otherwise unknown name. Beaujolais Villages may also be sold as Primeur or Nouveau, though the proportion is less.

Beaujolais Crus

Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly are four of the ten Beaujolais Crus in this micro-region, making only red wine which is fuller bodied and improved by ageing for a few years. These crus or named village wines have earned their place by producing wines of often higher quality with lower yields from hillside vineyards.

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