Red Beaujolais

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Surface : 5 545 hectares

Production in 2014: 261 467 hectolitres / approx. 34 862 000 bottles

Soils: In the southern part of this the vastest of the Beaujolais appellations, we find soils of marl and rock from the secondary era such as sandstone, white limestone, gryphaea (or fossil) limestone and golden stone. Further east, large outcrops of volcanic rock and shale can be seen, with ancient rock formations occurring on the whole of the eastern side bordering the Crus up to the edge of the Macon region.

Reds
: With their lovely carmine colour and delicious aromatic palette, the red wines express all the richness of the Gamay grape. They represent the major part of the AOC Beaujolais production. Bursting with small red fruits and spices, they are gourmand, accessible and juicy, with their aromatic power and abounding floral and fruity aromas making them wines for drinking all year round and on all occasions.

Characteristics
: This is a regional appellation whose production zone covers all the 91 communes of the Beaujolais vineyards, making it the largest of the AOCs. Situated mainly to the south between Arbresle and Belleville, it also includes a few parcels along the eastern side almost as far as Saint-Amour.

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