VARIETALS AND WINERIES IN BEAUJOLAIS
BEAUJOLAISBeaujolais sits in the southern-most region of Burgundy and extends for some 35 miles over low granite hills. The greatest misconception of Beaujolais is that of the unimpressive "nuveau" released every November. What many don't realize is that this region boasts 10 recognized Cru sites and examples of terroir as varied as any other region in France.
Three Cru in particular are fun to drink and important to note. Moulin-a'-Vent, named after the 300 year old windmill towering over the vines, offers hearty, rich and balanced wines. Cote de Brouilly wines are a bit more lively and headstrong with a great balance between light color and deep fruit characteristics.
The last Cru of note is Morgon, which to many is considered in a class unto itself. These wines can be more complete in structure, depth and complexity and is generally more full bodied than beaujolais in other Crus.