These fruity and fleshy wines reflect the personality of the terroirs they come from. The fruit of granite and sand soils; Beaujolais-Villages boasts an intense robe with cherry and garnet tints and a red fruit nose with blackcurrant and strawberry at the fore. Though a third of the wine produced is sold as Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, the appellation truly holds its own as a cellaring wine.
Bearing the stamp of its undulating pink granite, clay-silt and schist terroirs, our Brouilly dons an intense and deep ruby robe with aromas that are more fruity than floral, with the forthright small red berry fruit scents and mineral notes that make up the Gamay bouquet. The mellow tannins of this wine bring finesse and joy. The particularity of this Cru is that none of the communes in the appellation area bear its name. The southernmost and most far reaching of the Beaujolais Crus owes its name to Mont Brouilly, in turn named for Roman lieutenant, Brulius.
Régnié is an enjoyably long and rounded wine, bursting with fragrance. The robe swings from cherry to ruby and back. Raspberry, red currant, sloe and blackberry aromas and flavours coat a hint of mineral and spice. A subtle balance of red fruit, this fresh wine is given structure by refined tannins; our Régnié grapes come from southeast facing vineyards that grow 350 metres above sea-level in pink granite that is rich in mineral elements.
From its pink granite soil, Fleurie draws an intense carmine red robe and floral and fruity iris, violet, rose, red fruit and vine peach aromas. The top-notch mouthfeel combines elegance and finesse with a fleshy, silky body. Evolving towards spicy notes over the years, this Cru makes the most of its geographic position, backing onto the Avenas and Durbize chains of hills.
This Cru dons a deep garnet red robe and gives off ripe stone fruit aromas including cherry, peach, apricot and plum. Well-built, this rich, powerful and fleshy wine comes from soils made up of really ancient schist and eruptive rock. A wine to lay down, suited to 5 to 10 years’ cellaring.
Just 300 vinegrowers hold the key to the most prestigious of the Beaujolais Crus. Moulin-a-Vent vineyards are only to be found on the communes of Romanèche-Thorins in the Saône-et-Loire department and Chénas in the Rhône department. From its shimmering deep ruby to dark garnet robe come floral and fruity aromas of violet and cherry in its youth, taking on a stamp of iris, spice, ripe fruit and overblown rose, to truffle and even game as the years go by. Well-built and complex, Moulin-à-Vent is a cellaring wine par excellence, up to 10 years depending on the vintage. Fed by pink, crumbly granitic arena, here called gore or grès that is shot through with seams of the manganese that is at the root of its personality, Moulin-à-Vent is an intense and tannic wine. It is said of this Cru, like for the other more robust Beaujolais Crus, that it “pinotes”, coming close in characteristics to its Burgundian neighbours though the cherry personality of their grape variety.