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There’s a shake-up going on in Beaujolais that wine lovers should heed,’ writes Decanter magazine. Referring to the bourgeoning realisation that Gamay, produced from old vines in this unique terroir, can produce incredible quality wines. Beaujolais has quickly become a favourite among sommeliers, changing the perception from easy-drinking Nouveau to terrior-driven, age-worthy wines.

Like most regions across Europe, Beaujolais produced an excellent, favourably ripe 2015 vintage. Their richer styling could be the tipping point to this resurgence into the fine wine world. Now is the time to give them a try.

Much of the new movement produces wines in a more natural style, rarely with any new oak maturation. Dominique Piron has led this fine wine movement for 40 years, a 14th generation Morgon producer, he is now President of Beaujolais. His 2015s are wonderfully rich and succulent, reminding one of their Rhône neighbours considering their sheer power.


Jean Foillard has also led with quality for almost 40 years. His commitment to a more organic and traditional approach shifts his exceptionally elegant Morgons towards a Burgundian style. Morgon is regarded as the finest of the 10 Village Crus. It shows the most richness, coupled with deep aromatics and a fine acidity. ‘These are wonderful, life-affirming expressions of Beaujolais,’ sums up Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate.


Many of the top Burgundy houses are investing in Beaujolais and Joseph Drouhin produces Gamay with their stamp of purity, character and elegance. Simply great value.


You could also try our ‘Beaujolais Exploration’ mixed 6-pack, or order the wines individually.


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Dominique Piron, Chiroubles 2015 – R 265
Chiroubles, always fresh and intensely fruity, expresses its terroir perfectly. The highest perched Beaujolais crus (between 250 and 450 meters above sea level) have the most homogeneous decomposed granite soils. The granite-like minerality lends this wine its sophistication.

Dominique Piron, Chenas Quartz 2015 – R 305
The 2015 Chenas Quartz has excellent concentration and character with plenty of forward dark red fruit. It's perfectly balanced and will age well over the next 5-7 years but it’s delicious to drink right now. This is a great example of why the best Cru Beaujolais can stand side-by-side most Burgundies.

Joseph Drouhin, Morgon 2014 – R 245
Good structure, recalling the profile of some of the great wines of the Côte d'Or. Deep garnet colour; powerful aromas of cherry and will berries. Fleshy on the palate. A lot of character. – Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin, Moulin-a-Vent 2014 – R 285
Beautiful dark garnet colour. Intense and elegant aromas, with notes of peony, tea rose and damson plum, often with nuances of liquorice. On the palate, beautiful structure, velvety texture ('gras') and majesty. The aftertaste is long, refined and appetizing in a subdued way. The Cru of Beaujolais is the closest in style to the Burgundies of the Côte d'Or. – Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Joseph Drouhin, Beaujolais-Villages – R 185
A truly convivial wine. Owing to the careful blending of various terroirs, the result is a wine of great charm. It has a lovely raspberry colour and a brilliant hue.  The nose is both refined and intense, with notes of violet, peony and red fruit syrup. As you drink it, it feels fresh and silky. Both freshness and fruit remain for quite a long time on the palate. – Véronique Boss-Drouhin

Jean Foillard, Morgon Classique 2014 – R 345
The 2014 Morgon Classique has a rich ruby colour with blackberries, spicy undertones and a fruit-freshness. The tannins are complex but the maturation of the wine on its lees gives it an elegant silky structure.

Jean Foillard, Morgon Côte du Py 2014 – R 525
The 2014 Morgon Côte du Py has a very well defined bouquet, though clearly at the moment it is more closed than the 2014 Morgon Cuvee Corcelette. There is great mineralité here but the aromatics will need two or three years to fully open. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very fine acidity, harmonious from start to finish with a caressing dark cherry and mulberry finish that lingers in the mouth. This is an excellent Côte du Py for those prepared to afford it 3-4 years in bottle. – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate 93/100

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