Beaujolais AOC

Definition

Wine

  • a famous wine-producing area in the southern Burgundy region of eastern France that grows Gamay grapes, rather than Pinot Noir as in the rest of Burgundy. It produces almost exclusively red wines using the carbonic maceration method. The best-known style of its richly coloured, light and fruity red wines is Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine-producing area is split into several sections: to the south near Lyons the wines produced are labelled Beaujolais AOC wines; in the north towards Mâcon, there are two styles of red wine, Beaujolais-Villages and the higher-quality single cru produced in ten villages (Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié and Saint-Amour). The majority of Beaujolais is blended, bottled and sold by négociants, who buy wine from the 4,000 individual growers and 19 cooperatives that make up Beaujolais. There are around 30 négociants, the best known of whom are Georges Duboeuf, Bouchard Père et Fils and Louis Jadot.
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