The fourth week of French Wine Scholar was a pleasant surprise. We covered a few of the smaller regions in one class.
Beaujolais: this was a revelation. The first thing that comes to mind for me is the Beaujolais Nouveau craze or the sub-$10 kind of sweet Beaujolais sitting on the bottom grocery store shelf.
I learned there is way more than meets the eye on Beaujolais wines. More, specifically the 10 crus of the region, all made overwhelmingly to 100% with gamay, possess depth of flavor and character that show the concept of terroir is the real deal.
Situated in the Northern half above the Nizerand River, the ten crus in order North to South are: Julienas, Saint Amour, Chenas, Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Cote de Brouilly, Brouilly.
In class we tasted moving up the chain going from Beaujolais to a Villages then to these three crus: Morgon, Brouilly and Fleurie. If I hadn’t known they were Beaujolais, I wouldn’t have ever guessed. Really different expressions of the same grape from a deeper earthy Morgon to floral-forward Fleurie.
Jura: It would also be remiss not to include my thoughts on Jura. The flavors were about as unique as I’ve ever had for wine. I’m not sure my palate was developed enough for it to be honest. Still, it was great to learn about a lesser known wine region and especially taste something new!
Savoie: I will cover this region in another post because we loved Annecy and want to combine the two!