Beaujolais stands apart from the rest of Burgundy in more ways than one. It produces more wine than the rest of the region put together and its soil (sandy clay over granite) is perfectly suited to the Gamay grape variety, which is grown in preference to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay found further north. In common with many wine regions the world over, the last twenty years have seen a surge in quality and an interest in producing distinctive, characterful wines. Beaujolais used to be known for cheap, confected reds, but these days outstanding producers are making wines that are much more classy, with fine structure, delicious fresh raspberry fruit and (sometimes) great ageing potential. What they all have in common is drinkability. Modern Beaujolais is approachable, tasty and thirst-quenching, especially served slightly chilled.

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Beaujolais - a chosen few from us

Brouilly 'Cuvée des Fous' 2015, Jean-Claude Lapalu

£26 Case of 12 £280.80

Jean Claude Lapalu is one of a handful of organically certified producers in Beaujolais. Brouilly is one of the famous 10 'Crus' of the region, and the vines harvested for this 'Cuvée des Fous' are over 100 years old. Uniquely for Beaujolais, it is bottled in a Bordeaux bottle due to an amusing conversation about selling bordeaux in 2000. The wine was incredibly popular, and the bottle shape stuck!

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