Beaujolais Vineyards

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Beaujolais regionThe Beaujolais French wine-producing region is a very diverse province which is home to several thousands of acres of vineyards. These vineyards are the finest crus that France has to offer and this part is for hopefully, you were able to get yourself acquainted with the overall Beaujolais French wine region. To expound on the different separate regions that are also present in Beaujolais, here are the other vineyards of that province:

Brouilly

The area is around 3,000 acres and is mainly composed of a granite type of soil intermixed with alluvial sand. The vineyard is located at the foot of Mt. Brouilly, thus the name. This vineyard is considered to be the biggest as well as highest yielding of the Beaujolais vineyards with 1,200 hectares for wine. With regard to the color of the wine, it is considered to be deep ruby and the bouquet gives out plums, peaches and soft fruits.

In the midst of the appellation, the wines in this region are considered to be more robust and deeper in color. This wine should be served at cellar temperature which is around 12°Celsius or 50°Fahrenheit. Typically, it should accompany red meats.

Chénas

The Chénas area is around 650 acres and has a granite sand type of soil. This is considered to be the rarest of the Beaujolais Crus as it also enjoys a desirable location next door to the acclaimed Moulin-à-Vent. The wine is also ruby-colored and has some hints of garnet. It is well-structured which has a fragrant and woody aroma. It is an intoxicating wine which is suggested for laying down.

Its uncomplicated yet powerful nature is well-loved wine lovers even though its taste remains, for the time being, a lesser version of its neighbor. When serving this wine, one should remember to serve it just below room temperature which is pegged at 14°Celsius or 54°Fahrenheit. A good combination for this type of wine would be serving it with rich dishes and mature cheeses.

Chiroubles

The Chiroubles vineyard area is composed of a wide 850-acre lot whose soil type is mainly composed of porphyry and granite. It is the highest crus among the Beaujolais Crus at 400 meters and is situated in a granite enclosure. The wine of this particular region is one that is enticingly high-spirited and is composed of the fragrance of peonies, violets and lily of the valley.

It is one of the most unique wines of the Beaujolais region. When serving this wine, one should remember that they need to serve it cold but never chilled. Around 12°Celsius or 50°Fahrenheit is enough. Serve this along with sliced sausage, white and cold meats, chicken and hors d’œuvre.

Côte de brouilly

This vineyard is composed of 700 acres with blue stone as its soil’s main component. The vineyards of this particular region are distributed over the elevated and bare slopes of Mount Brouilly whose deep volcanic soils are composed of a mixture of granite and crystalline rocks called schists. The Côte de brouilly wine is a purple-colored wine whose bouquet is composed of the aromatic smells of irises and fresh grapes. This type of wine should be stored a little longer in the bottle in order for it to age into its very distinguished taste and style. The wine should be served at cellar temperature which is about 13°Celsius or 52°Fahrenheit while serving it along with chicken casseroles and cold, sliced meats.

Fleurie

The Fleurie vineyard expands to 2,000 acres of granite soil. It is known for it velvety texture and the aroma of its flowers and fruits which is composed of rose petals, blackcurrants, irises, red berries and violets. The crimson, purplish color is judged to be the most refined and delicate of all Beaujolais wines. Tradition states that the femininity of this Beaujolais cru is because of the intercession of the Virgin of Fleurie who is said to watch over the wines from her seat on the hill. This wine should be also served at cellar temperature and is best served with lamb, chicken or white meats.

Juliénas

One thousand four hundred and fifty acres composes the Juliénas French cru whose soil is composed of crystalline schist, granite rocks and clay. This is one of the types of wines which does not need to be aged in order for one to enjoy it. The wine is primarily grown on clay which, in turn, makes a heady bouquet of strawberry, cherry and peach smells. This is one of the very unique characteristics of the Juliénas soil. This combination makes this wine one of the quality wines which is the choice of experts all over. This should be served at cellar temperature with chicken casseroles, game or French chicken stew (coq au vin).

Morgon

Trumping the size of the Fleurie vineyard is the immense Morgon vineyard which has an expansive 2,700 acres of schist and broken granite. This incomparable terrain is composed of rottenstone, a decomposed version of limestone combined with crumbling schist. The taste of this wine is fleshy and appeals to the palate. The dark, garnet hue of this wine resembles the bouquet of ripe cherries, plums, apricots and peaches. It is definitely a wine that needs to be aged for a few more years before it may reach maturity. This is also best served in cellar temperature with meats in sauces as well as game.

Moulin à Vent

The area of the Moulin à Vent stretches to a vast 1,600 acre lot of manganese-rich granite. The place derives its name from an ancient windmill that is located atop the hill of Romanèche-Thorins. The quality of the wine is due to the granite subsoil that is chock-full of manganese. The deep ruby color of the wine and its aging potential goes well with its bouquet of spices, ripe fruits, rose petals and irises which makes it a legendary wine which is the best of France. The wine should be served a little under room temperature with red meats and strong cheeses such as French Munster or Fleur de Maquis.

Régnié

Sandy granite is what composes the soil of Régnié. The 1,600 acres is one of most recent of Beaujolais wines to be assigned the esteemed cru status. The Régnié wine region joined the other nine way back in 1988. This village appellation encloses the double steeples of Régnié-Durette church. The cherry and purple hues of the wine is scented with raspberries, red currants and blackberries. This is one wine which should be served cold at 12°Celsius or 50°Fahrenheit with patés, hot hors d d’œuvre and terrines.

Saint Amour

Saint Amour is a small 680 acre vineyard compared to its enormous brothers. It is a cru that is located in the Saône-et-Loire region just beyond the northern part of the Beaujolais settlements. The wine is refreshingly refined and a balanced mixture of cherry and spice smells. Within a year it is ready to be consumed but also keeps well up to three years. This wine should be served in cellar temperature along with normal home-cooked meals.

Beaujolais Villages

This is composed of a total of 14,350 acres from 39 separate villages. The soil is composed of crystalline and their smooth bouquets resemble strawberries and blackcurrants. This should be served chilled at a temperature of 11°-12°Celsius or 48°-50°Fahrenheit either with cold meat or poultry.

Beaujolais

As its name implies, this is the principal vineyard of the Beaujolais region. It stretches to 24,200 acres of calcareous clay. One will find that the wines in this region are very lively, original and is manufactured for sharing. Their wines are the ones that people can drink throughout the year without any reason at all. This wine has intense and aromatic smells that are reminiscent of fruity and floral bouquets. This should be served chilled at 11°Celsius or 48°Fahrenheit normally with hors d’œuvre.

Beaujolais & Beaujolais-Villages Nouveaux

These are the cherry red wines which the world waits for every third Thursday of November. About two-thirds of their wines come from the Beaujolais appellation while the rest come from the Beaujolais Villages region. Their flora and fruity bouquet are what makes it a delight to enjoy any time and any day.