It's that time of year when thoughts turn to Beaujolais Nouveau, but have you considered the oen of the 10 crus for a more upmarket approach to the region's wines...?

Beaujolais lies within the orbit of Burgundy, the Cote d’Or and Mâconnais being not far to the north. The key difference is the use of Pinot Noir in Burgundy proper and the use of Gamay here.

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For a long time now, the area’s reputation has been somewhat focused on the fun, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau, stealing the limelight from the region’s best quality wines.

The crus of Beaujolais (the 10 highest quality areas, all in the north of the region) can offer exceptional value, especially compared to similarly priced Burgundy. The best ones demonstrate minerality, intensity, freshness and structure akin to decent Burgundy. Decanter’s tasting team have selected some of the best cru Beaujolais that will help you look beyond Nouveau.

Cru Beaujolais to try:


The 10 crus of Beaujolais:

  • Brouilly
  • Chénas
  • Chiroubles
  • Côte de Brouilly
  • Fleurie
  • Juliénas
  • Morgon
  • Moulin-à-Vent
  • Régnié
  • Saint-Amour

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