This Week in our Mountains
There's always a great variety of activities planned for you.
We will be tasting new releases of French Beaujolais, for inclusion on our list. The Gamay grape, more accurately known as Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, is the most widely planted grape in Beaujolais accounting for nearly 98% of all plantings. Basic Beaujolais and Beaujolais nouveau are meant to be drunk within a year of their harvest. Beaujolais-Villages are generally consumed within 2–3 years and Cru Beaujolais has the potential to age longer, some not even fully developing till at least 3 years after harvest. Premium examples from Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent can spend up to 10 years continuing to develop in the bottle and in very good vintages can take on Burgundian qualities of structure and complexity. Cru Beaujolais, the highest category of classification in Beaujolais, account for the production within ten villages/areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains. Unlike Burgundy and Alsace, the phrase cru in Beaujolais refers to entire wine producing area rather than an individual vineyard. Seven of the Crus relate to actual villages while Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly refer to the vineyards areas around Mont Brouilly and Moulin-à-Vent is named for a local windmill. These wines do not usually show the word "Beaujolais" on the label, in an attempt to separate themselves from mass-produced Nouveau; in fact vineyards in the cru villages are not allowed to produce Nouveau. Their wines can be more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived. From north to south the Beaujolais crus are- Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly.
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Stéphane Aviron, Beaujolais Villages 2011
Jean Paul DuBost, “Tracot”, Beaujolais Villages 2013
Georges Duboeuf, “La TrinQuée”, Juliénas 2011
Domaine de la Chappelle des Bois, Chiroubles 2012
Château des Jacques, Moulin-A-Vent, 2009
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