Wine tasting in Beaujolais

At the start of the new year, I went to the Beaujolais region to check out an estate that has been making headlines recently: the Cave de Julienas. I’d heard that the Saint Amour 2011 vintage was exceptional, gaining a 17/20 in the Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine.
Despite being winter, the weather on the Beaujolais hills was sunny, but cold and the views were fantastic. Not many people know that the 8 villages that make up the region are to be found in the beautiful hills a stone’s throw from the city of Macon.

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This estate is in fact a “cave des producteurs” with a large selection of the Beaujolais villages: Fleurie, Morgon, Julienas, Moulin a Vent, Chenas, Chiroubles, Brouilly, etc. Vanessa the charming Manager was of a great help, the tasting free and generous.

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I was particularly impressed with the Saint Amour and Fleurie 2011 vintages, with ripe fruits, smooth yet light tannins and great balance. The prices at 7.50 € the bottle is a snip compared to the Burgundy region!

Despite pre-conceived ideas about Beaujolais wines, they are easy to drink, generous in fruit and flavors and not to be compared or confused with Beaujolais Nouveau – a fun and highly marketed “en primeur” wine. They can be enjoyed with most food, all year round but are particularly appreciable when slightly chilled during the hot summer months.

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This is above all a breath-takingly beautiful region, with scattered villages and vineyards across the hills and valleys. An ideal vacation spot, renting a cottage and sipping some chilled, fruity Beaujolais.

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About stephenliney

Wine consultant based in Burgundy. Specializing in Burgundy, Rhone & Provence wines, wine investment, brand marketing, wine tourism & international wine export
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