Franck Besson in Juliénas
- Franck Besson “Les Chardonnerets” Beaujolais Blanc 2019
- Franck Besson “Note Blanche” Vin de France – Gamay Blanc de Noir / still white 2018
- Franck Besson “Le Griottier” Juliénas Cru du Beaujolais 2018
- Franck Besson “Rose Granit” Méthode Traditionnelle Rosé n/v
- Franck Besson “Dentelle” Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noir n/v
- Franck Besson “Hannapoline” Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noir – Extra Brut n/v
Chiroubles from Château de Javernand
- Château de Javernand “Rosé de Gamay” Beaujolais-Villages 2019
- Château de Javernand “Les Gatilles” Chiroubles 2018
- Château de Javernand “Indigène” Chiroubles 2018
Côte de Brouilly & Brouilly from Robert Perroud
- Robert Perroud “Foudre # 5” Côte de Brouilly 2018
- Robert Perroud “L’enfer des Balloquets” Brouilly 2018
Fleurie from Yohan Lardy
- Yohan Lardy “Le Vivier” Fleurie 2019
- Yohan Lardy “Les Michelons” Moulin-à-Vent 2020
- Yohan Lardy “Vignes de 1903” Moulin-à-Vent 2020
Juliénas & Chénas Pascal Aufranc
- Pascal Aufranc “Vignes de 1939” Chénas 2019
- Pascal Aufranc “Les Cerisiers” Juliénas 2019
- Pascal Aufranc “Probus” Juliénas 2018
Régnié & Morgon from Jean-Michel Dupré
- Jean-Michel Dupré “Vignes de 1940” Beaujolais-Villages 2019
- Jean-Michel Dupré “Haute Ronze Vieilles Vignes” Régnié 2019
- Jean-Michel Dupré “Vignes de 1935” Morgon 2019
Saint-Amour from Patrick Tranchand
- Patrick Tranchand “Coeur de Gamay” Saint-Amour 2020
More about Beaujolais…
Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of Ancient Rome.
There are 12 different Beaujolais appellations, 10 of which are known as Crus. Over mainly granite terrain, the Beaujolais Crus form a meandering path. From south to north, Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour.
The region has ideal growing conditions. It receives lots of sunshine and has granite-based soils that lend excellent structure to the wines. The Gamay grape is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made of Chardonnay grapes.
More about Gamay…
Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is a very old variety that exists since the 1300s in Burgundy. It is a crossing between Pinot Noir and an ancient grape, parent to most of the Vitis Vinifera, calles Gouais Blanc. Because of its relationship with Pinot Noir, Gamay has many similarities, including flavor profile and ability to age. I like to call it a « Joyfull version » of Pinot since it usually differenciate itself from his cousin by a brigther acidity and more easygoing attitude.
Producers in Beaujolais used a winemaking technique called « Carbonic maceration » to retain Gamay’s floral and gentle fruity notes.