There is a lot more to the wines of Beaujolais than simply Beaujolais Nouveau. 96 per cent of Beaujolais wines are dedicated to the Gamay grape.
“Nestled between Burgundy to the North and Rhone to the South, Beaujolais’ rolling hills and plains form a wine-growing area of 14,500 hectares. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run across the Saone River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of ancient Rome.”
“Beaujolais is made up of 12 appellations : Beaujolais (red, white and rose), Beaujolais Villages (red , white and rose), and 10 Beaujolais Crus (Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Regnie, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Chenas, Julienas and Saint-Amour).”
“Bringing together a small community of over 2,000 winegrowers, the region has an average annual production of 80 million bottles, of which 36 per cent is sold to export to over 150 countries.”
Josh Orr, MS, one of the USA’s newest Master Sommeliers is our guide to the wines of Beaujolais. Josh recently presented and moderated an impressive panel of Beaujolais winemakers in Los Angeles at the Beaujolais Nouvelle Generation “Meet the Makers” tasting. He spent time in France during his early sommelier career followed by top sommelier positions in Las Vegas.