Beaujolais is about a lot more than just the early-release Nouveau wines that hit store shelves in November...
...this weekend, you'll find out just how good Beaujolais can be.
Join us at the tasting counter this Saturday from noon to 4pm when we'll be pouring 6 bright, high-energy wines from our top Beaujolais producers!
There are more than 4,000 vineyard owners in Beaujolais, and most sell their grapes to négociants or send their wine to be bottled by village cooperatives.
In the early 1980s, however, a handful of Beaujolais producers began to grow, vinify, and bottle their wines themselves, rejecting the use of manipulative winemaking techniques that were popular with the négociants and cooperatives.
Instead, these independent-minded producers embraced natural winemaking—patiently waiting for grapes to ripen before picking, sharply reducing chemical use in the vineyards, hand-harvesting, and fermenting with ambient yeast.
The spectacular results are wines with a sense of place and stunning purity, best exemplified by the wines produced in the ten villages and regions in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains that have earned the "Cru Beaujolais" designation: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly.
We'll feature 3 93-point Cru Beaujolais cuvées this weekend from some of the best producers Beaujolais has to offer—Pierre-Marie Chermette, Château Grange Cochard, and Daniel Bouland—as well as 3 excellent entry-level Chermette offerings, including a beautifully made sparkling wine, a fresh and focused Beaujolais Blanc, and a 2017 rosé with remarkable depth.
Click here for more details on the wines we'll be pouring, including tasting notes and pricing.