Wines of Beaujolais available from Dawe Wines, Bath Somerset.

Beaujolais wine

The hills of the Beaujolais are practically made up exclusively of Gamay grapes. Mostly excluded from Burgundy, to the north, here the Gamay thrives and, occasionally, delivers wines of some class. The high presence of Beaujolais Nouveau probably doesn't help the region’s image, but it's the joyously fruity style of young Beaujolais wine that defines it. Lovely with simple suppers or lightly chilled.

Beyond simple fruity Beaujolais, there are the richer, classier wines of the ten Beaujolais Crus villages with reputations and appellations of their own. Probably the most well-known is Fleurie. Still light with fruit emphasis in youth, the best cru wines have some ability to age.