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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.
Surface: 56 hectares
Production in 2014: 3 066 hl / 408 800 bottles
Soils: The land here is very steep, sometimes up to a 50% incline. The vines which cling to these slopes face east south east on granite and sandy soils with some volcanic sedimentary rock.
Whites : The white wines, produced in small quantities,
offer outstanding aromatic intensity with their
floral and mineral notes. The more intense and
Complex of the cuvees can be cellared for several
Characteristics: These ruggedly steep vineyards, facing east south east at between 200 and 500 metres altitude, surround the 10 Crus of the northern area. There are as many terroirs as there are villages…. Falling between the Beaujolais and the Crus, this range can be appreciated young, or after several years bottle ageing.
The Beaujolais Villages appellation grows on the best slopes in the region. Spread over 38 municipalities, this prestigious appellation springs from a poor, arid terroir of granite, sand and volcanic sedimentary soils. Gamay, the Beaujolais region’s iconic grape variety fully expresses itself here: Beaujolais-Villages are expressive wines, intensely fruity and perfumed, with good body.
It’s time to take you into the heart of this appellation to discover all the passion that its 1,250 winegrowers put into producing it.