Beaujolais is Gamay and Gamay is Beaujolais! Unless it's Chardonnay... or Pinot Noir..
From an administrative perspective, Beaujolais is considered to be part of Burgundy, and even though it overlaps the southern regional appellation of the Cote Chalonnaise, it’s a very different, and with very different wines.
Located just outside of Lyon, Beaujolais is celebrated worldwide as the ancestral home and greatest source of wine made from Gamay. While Beaujolais, does grow Chardonnay for wines labelled Beaujolais Blanc, approximately 98% of plantings in Beaujolais are completely devoted to the red grape, Gamay.
Philip the bold may have hated on Gamay, relegating it to the Beaujolais, but ultimately the joke is on him as Gamay particularly likes granite, which is the main soil type of north-western Beaujolais. Here lie all of the crus and the best Beaujolais-Villages wines, while the south of the region is more clay-limestone in nature producing the lighter wines of generic Beaujolais.
Beaujolais garnered international attention in the late 20th century for its nouveau wines, released the third Thursday of November each year. Today, Beaujolais has bolstered its reputation for quality, light-bodied red wines that can achieve complexity, depth, and the capacity to age, if you know where to look.
So with all that being said, join us for an evening on Beaujolais wine tasting where you will taste some classics from Fleurie, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent while also getting a look at a Beaujolais Quincié – currently Beaujolais-Villages but touted as the next cru on the block – along with a 100% Chardonnay Beaujolais Blanc. There may be some surprises, or some familiar faces too.
Wines on Tasting:*
Dominique Piron Beaujolais-Rose
Beaujolais Blanc, Chardonnay, 2021
Stéphane Aviron, Beaujolais-Quincié, 2021
Guy Breton, Régnié, 2018
Domaine Gregoire Hoppenot, Fleurie 'Clos de l'Amandier', 2020
Christophe Pacalet, Chénas, 2016
Jean-Paul Brun, Terres Dorées, Moulin à Vent, 2018
Domaine Mee Godard, Morgon Corcelette, 2015
Note - due to stock or vintage changes some wines may be substituted. This list is indicative of what may be on offer*