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Beaujolais Wines

Beaujolais is sometimes thought of as part of Burgundy, because so many of the Burgundy wine companies have expanded their reach to include wines from the Beaujolais wine region. But Beaujolais wines deserve to stand apart, not least because they are made from an entirely different grape — Gamay. Grown on the region’s granite slopes, the Gamay imparts a fresh, directly fruity yet mineral character to the wines, best reflected in our Beaujolais wine reviews.

At the highest quality level, the Beaujolais wine region contains 10 crus — communes that have the right to wear their own appellations on the label: Brouilly, Chénas, Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnie Reviews and St-Amour. One-step below is Beaujolais Villages, with Beaujolais itself as the broadest, most generic appellation. Our Beaujolais wine guide contains hundreds of Beaujolais wine ratings.

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Domaine Louis-Claude Desvignes 2006 Javernières Gamay (Morgon)

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A majestic wine, great Beaujolais by any standard. The fruit is tense, structured, dense, with black figs, strawberry jelly and ripe red plums fitting well into the texture. It manages to be both fruity and firmly structured. This is Beaujolais for aging, an impressive wine ready to mature over five years or more.  — R.V.  (11/1/2009)
93
points

Château des Jacques 2011 Clos du Grand Carquelin Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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Beautifully perfumed, this has swathes of ripe cherry and plum, with a hint of wood aging. The balance is already well established, with a line of crisp acidity that sits behind the rich, sweet fruit. With its tannins, this needs to age for at least three years.  — R.V.  (3/1/2013)
93
points

Château des Jacques 2006 Clos de Rochegrès Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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Exploding with perfumes, aromas of violets, sweet cherries and spice, this is an impressive wine, with wild cherries and damson plums. It is taut, almost Pinot Noir in its velvet texture, finishing with ripe, sweet fruit sustained by tannins.  — R.V.  (11/1/2009)
92
points

Henry Fessy 2009 Gamay (Fleurie)

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A richly aromatic wine, with swathes of sweet fruit, ripe tannins and a juicy, jammy feel. This is so generous, open, welcoming. There is structure as well, cushioned by the sweet fruits.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
92
points

Henry Fessy 2009 Gamay (Saint-Amour)

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Ripe, rounded and generous, a warm plum juice-flavored wine. There is power and concentration. It is a very complete, ageworthy wine, although accessible now.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
92
points

Pascal Aufranc 2012 Vignes de 1939 Gamay (Chénas)

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A full, rich and rounded wine that brings out the concentration from the low yielding old vines. It has rich black cherry and spice flavors that go with the delicious acidity and solid structure. This could be a wine to age, but it’s so good now. If you want, drink until 2018.  — R.V.  (12/31/2013)
92
points

Georges Duboeuf 2011 Domaine des Rosiers Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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Powerful tannins dominate this serious wine. It has a complex, dense structure, full of wood and fruit tannins, along with blackberry fruits and a touch of spiced bitter cherry. This is Beaujolais for aging. Give it at least 3–5 years.  — R.V.  (11/1/2013)
92
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Château des Jacques 2011 Clos de Rochegrès Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

This is rich, spicy and full of red cherry flavor. It also has a dark, firm structure from the granite-based soil. The acidity that cuts through the fruit lends balance. Age this for 2–3 years.  — R.V.  (3/1/2013)
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