Stuff is going down in Beaujolais.
Natural wine is a hot trend. Beaujolais Nouveau is re-inventing itself. The top sites have never made better wine. A new generation is revitalising the scene. Geological research has revealed eye-opening results. And growers aren’t afraid to throw caution to the wind (Côte Rôtie barrels and Sciacarello anyone?!)
It’s also newsworthy: the region is submitting its first ever application for the top sites to be designated Premier Cru, the highly-prized status afforded only to some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy.
We get the low-down on all of this courtesy of dogged investigative work (yes…we do include drinking wine under that heading…) as well as interviews with leading growers Grégoire Hoppenot (pictured below with family) and Xavier Thivolle plus Caroline Santoyo of Inter Beaujolais and David Roberts MW of Goedhuis & Co.
We also throw in some factoids. For example, did you know that until World War II, a bottle of good Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais cost the same as a bottle of Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru?! Or that Beaujolais is considered to be one of the original heartlands of natural wine, home to a ‘viticultural prophet’?
This is a sponsored episode with Inter Beaujolais – it’s a topic we’ve been longing to cover for a while so fantastic to have an opportunity to catch up with the latest from what is a dynamic and multi-faceted region.
Topics under discussion include Gamay, gobelet, Beaujolais as an alternative to ever-pricier Côte d’Or Burgundy, lieux-dits, The Last of Us, pink granite, the ten famous Beaujolais ‘crus‘ and carbonic maceration.
And after all that we’re in need of refreshment so taste and recommend a selection of truly outstanding Beaujolais wines – details below.
Here are the wines we taste and recommend in this episode – click on the wine name either for the main stockist or the Wine Searcher link to find where you can buy this wine globally:
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