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Cru Beaujolais 2019: panel tasting results

Our judges were delighted with the quality and good-value drinking they found here, with Fleurie, Chiroubles and Côte de Brouilly praised in particular. Perfect for those summer picnics – just buy, chill and enjoy.

Andy Howard MW, Rosemary George MW and Dominique Vrigneau tasted 187 Cru Beaujolais 2019 wines with 4 Highly Recommended.

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit 2019 vintage wines from any of the 10 Cru Beaujolais appellations, with availability in the UK or US

This tasting confirmed that wines from the 10 designated Cru Beaujolais appellations are well worth seeking out for their quality, value and interest.

Of the 187 wines our judges tasted, the four wines rated Outstanding included two from Morgon and one each from Brouilly and Fleurie, while there were 60 others that scored 90 or above.

The Cru Beaujolais 2019 scores

187 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 4

Highly recommended 60

Recommended 104

Commended 14

Fair 4

Poor 0

Faulty 1

Both 2018 and 2019 are fine vintages for Beaujolais, although there are some significant differences between the two.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top Cru Beaujolais 2019 wines

Top-scoring wines from the Cru Beaujolais 2019 panel tasting

The judges

Andy Howard MW is a Decanter contributing editor and a DWWA Regional Chair. Formerly a wine buyer in retail for 30 years, he now runs his own wine consultancy Vinetrades Ltd, focusing on wine education, investment and sourcing

Rosemary George MW is a widely published wine writer, author and judge, with a special interest in the wines of southern France and Burgundy. The latest of her numerous books is The Wines of Roussillon (£30, Infinite Ideas, April 2021)

Dominique Vrigneau is the DWWA Regional Chair for Beaujolais, the Southwest & Rest of France. Formerly the long-serving buying director for UK merchant Thierry’s Wine Services, he has been a director at Watermill Wines since late 2012

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