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Never Mind the Beaujolais Nouveau | 6 Bottles


Never Mind the Beaujolais Nouveau. Here’s the Six Cru

Forget about the disposable, quickly fermented grape juice. Beaujolais Nouveau is like Punk's fast-paced, hard-edged melodies and untuned instruments. As much as we fully appreciate the genre, get back to basics this summer and go for the classic laid back lyrical Bluesy harmonics of a Beaujolais Cru.

Six Smashing Bottles of Cru

Beaujolais is the black sheep of the Burgundian family and often ignored. Don't get us wrong, Beaujolais Nouveau is fine when it's not leaning toward all tinsel and no substance. For years, Beaujolais gained a particular reputation for producing Nouveau and village wine, but this is turning your back on the soul of Beaujolais. So what's the difference, you ask? There are several, but to name a few. The Crus to the north with their ancient terroir and long-extinct volcanos produce wines that rival the Crus of its northern cousin Burgundy – serious Crus with perfumed elegance. In the South of Beaujolais, the soil is very like Burgundy limestone but uses Gamay instead of Pinot Noir.

1x Domaine de la Pirolette Saint-Amour AOC 2018 (Organic methods, Vegan)
Saint Amour is definitely for lovers. It is very popular for Valentine’s day in France and one of the most interesting and diverse Beaujolais Cru with pink granite as in Fleurie and blue volcanic soil as in Côte du Py. Gregory Barbet and his wife have been farming on 15 hectares since 2013. Spontaneous fermentation using the Chapeau method, then nine months on lees in a combination of egg amphorae and stainless-steel tanks. Leading to dark ruby colour with intense perfumed dark berry, cherry liqueur and liquorice scents and a lengthy finish.

1x Terres Dorees Morgon Côte du Py - Javernières Morgon AOC 2019 (Organic methods)
Made by the famous Jean Paul Brun. This wine comes a tiny parcel of vines in this wonderful Southeast plot of the Morgon hill known for blue soil (ancient magma) and granite terroir. Côte du Py in Morgon is one the most sought after and hardest to secure wines. Grown organically, this wine has elegance and subtlety. Not often seen in Morgon. This wine is balanced with spice with a lengthy finish in Burgundian 1er Cru style.

1x Bret Bros ‘Les Ponciés’, Fleurie AOP 2019 (Organic methods)
Jean Philipe was thrilled to present this tremendous high-end terroir of Fleurie upon our visit. It is located on the pink granites of the knoll of Poncié on slopes of crystalline rock. The vines tilt southwest. The grapes undergo carbonic maceration for ten days, and fermentation and ageing occur in 8-year-old barrels.

1x Domaine Des Terres Dorees Côte de Brouilly AOC 2019 (Organic methods)

The hill of Brouilly is a long extinct volcano. Vines are hand-harvested, and grapes fermented using natural yeast in concreate vats to keep the purity of fruit. Leading to aromas of cocoa and violet. This is a wine that can well compete with its more famous and expensive cousins to the north.

1x Bret Bros, Brouilly AOC 2019 (Organic methods)

The Bret Brothers are famous and iconic wine makers in Mâcon who recently were looking for vines to make red wine in Beaujolais and found two perfect plots. When asked about Brouilly wines, we are told that they are “typical French charm” and the most complex of the Cru wines. This beautiful, south-facing parcel is located at the foothill of Mount Brouilly on clay-limestone soils. The resulting wines are ripe and concentrated. A Beaujolais Cru with more structure, rendering it a perfect pairing with red meat for carnivores and grilled eggplant for those who prefer veggies.

1x ‘l’Ancien’ 2019 - Beaujolais AOC (Organic methods)
Jean-Paul’s old vine wine, four hectares of vines in the slightly warmer Pierres Dorées.  Using traditional methods and no oak. A vibrant and gutsy wine with notes of spice and strawberry. This is a wine with a long, lingering raspberry and strawberry finish balanced with fine tannins.

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