>> Monday, 11 January 2010

Vineyard. The village with church. Morgon, Beaujolais, France


Beaujolais, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Beaujolais, the southern-most tip of Burgundy. Tip is perhaps the wrong word, since it produces the largest volume of Burgundian wines. Virtually all wine in the Beaujolais is red, made from the gamay grape. (Gamay does exist in the vineyards in other parts of Bourgogne also but to a very small extent.) They also make small quantities of white wine, from the chardonnay grape variety.

For many years Beaujolais has been mostly known for its Beaujolais Nouveau, the “new” new sold shortly after the harvest, in November – usually not of a very exciting quality. Perhaps Beaujolais is today moving towards making more of the ‘serious’ style of Beaujolais that they are quite capable of making.

The landscape in Beaujolais is quite different from the rest of Burgundy: more hilly and undulating. Very pretty, with small villages here and there.

There is “plain” Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, and Beaujolais Cru. Cru meaning that the wine comes from one of the ten villages (Brouilly, Régnié, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleury, Saint Amour, Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon, and Moulin-à-Vent) and has the right to put the village name on the label.

The gamay vine is usually trained in gobelet style (bush vine). The regulation says that it must be so but trials with guyot trellising are done and there are also old vineyards that have not used gobelet. Harvest is done manually (necessary with gobelet) but some trials are done with machine harvest.

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