Gamay strikes back!
There is no second-guessing fortune or fashion, but what is certain is that, having plummeted in popularity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Beaujolais is now back with a bang. This year, Josh Raynolds, writing for vinous.com, remarked that "There has never been a better time to explore this region's delicious, approachable wines…there are still a staggering number of outstanding, truly world-class Beaujolais that come in under $25 a bottle and often far less than that." His view was shared by Jancis Robinson OBE, MW who, writing in the FT, stated that "...the best wines of Beaujolais can easily rival burgundies that cost many times more."
We work with two producers in this revitalised region: 11th generation vigneron, Arnaud Aucoeur, whose domaine is based at the centre of the ten Beaujolais Crus in the pretty medieval town of Villié Morgon and the Graillot family of Crozes Hermitage fame, who have recently developed an exciting new estate in the north. This case provides a timely reminder of the value and variety from this still under-rated wine area.
This mixed case contains two bottles each of:
Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' Blanc 2017
Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016
Morgon: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Tradition Vieilles Vignes' 2017
Beaujolais en Besset: Domaine de Fa 2017
AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2017
AOC Saint-Amour: Domaine de Fa 2017