In 2019, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent were 'amongst the most successful crus' for James Suckling. Stylistically they are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Fleurie is the Queen of Beaujolais (floral, lighter and feminine) whereas Moulin-à-Vent is considered the King (bigger, darker, more intense). The 2019 Marrans Fleurie Les Marrans is 'superb' according to Wine Advocate, while Neal Martin writes, 'one of the strongest appellations in Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent bestowed a cluster of excellent wines, such as the sensual 2019 Les Vignes du Tremblay from Paul Janin.'
At the highest altitude lies Chiroubles. It is the coolest cru, and one for lovers of lighter-styled Beaujolais. Along with Fleurie and Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles was praised by Decanter during their panel tasting of the 2019s. The 2019 Grosse Pierre Chiroubles La Grosse Pierre is red fruited, fine-boned and vibrant, and exemplifies the appellation. Wines from Côte de Brouilly are known for their elegance, minerality and silkiness. Château de la Chaize's 2019 Côte de Brouilly Lieu-Dit Brûlhier shows the exceptional quality of the region and the continued upward trajectory of this producer. 'Consumers and importers should start paying attention!' advises William Kelley.
Brouilly is the southernmost cru and shows more structure and power. Château Thivin is one of our all-time favourites. Their 2019 Thivin Brouilly Reverdon is a great introduction to this historic estate, which 'continues to rank among the reference points for classical, age-worthy cru Beaujolais' according to Wine Advocate.
The 2019 Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Village is a great starting point to discover the kingdom of Gamay. It's made from the hilly terroirs in the north and is deliciously accessible, aromatic and full of energy.