In an average year 12 million cases of Beaujolais wine is produced in the Burgundy region of France. All those wine drinkers can’t be wrong!
Gamay Has Game
All Beaujolais wine is made from 100% Gamay grapes. Gamay reigns supreme in the region and accounts for 98% of all grapes grown there.
Wines from Beaujolais are affordable, fruit driven and easy to drink. That’s a recipe that winemakers attempt to duplicate the world over.
Don’t be confused by the hype surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau. That wine is picked, fermented, bottled and at your wine store in a matter of weeks. There is considerable hoopla around this first release of wine – but to our taste it is a pale shadow of “real” Beaujolais.
Beaujolais-Villages Is A Step Up
There are three tiers of wine in Beaujolais. On the bottom rung is basic Beaujolais, which accounts for the majority of wine produced in the region. The next step up is Beaujolais-Villages, which is blend of wines made from 35 villages that consistently produce better grapes. There is a bit of a bump in price, but you are still comfortably below $20 in most cases.
On the top tier are Cru Beaujolais wines which are named for the village that produces this highest quality vine. Prices can be double or more than Beaujolais-Villages.
Louis Jadot A Consistent Producer
Louis Jadot is a name to trust for Beaujolais wines. We popped the cork on the 2013 Louis Jadot B-V to enjoy with a dinner of curry carrot ginger soup and quiche.
This deep ruby wine delivers flavor in spades. It is fermented in stainless steel so there are no aggressive tannins. The flavor flows with berry fruit without overdoing it. It’s easy drinking and a nice pairing with the the savory spiced dishes we had.
With a SRP of $13.99, this is a wine you could purchase by the case for entertaining or a special event. This will make you a Beaujolais believer and have you thirsting to try some of the more expensive wines from the region.
Gamay has game!
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.