We’ve often said the best Beaujolais can age, and we’re excited every chance we get to back up this claim. To start, we have just received three older vintages from Nicole Chanrion, who has been crafting terroir-driven Côte-de-Brouilly at her family domaine ever since boldly taking over for her father in 1988. These wines, imported directly from Nicole’s cellar after we tasted them at the domaine, were produced using only the classic winemaking methods of the Beaujolais—all it takes is a quick look at the massive old oak foudres in her cellar to understand the timeless tradition that her wines embody. In addition to Nicole’s older bottlings, we’re pleased to offer more recent vintages straight from Guy Breton’s and Domaine Dupeuble’s cool cellars as well as a Brouilly from Alex Foillard with a little age. Like Chanrion’s Côte-de-Brouilly, these deliver further evidence that Beaujolais is not just for immediate enjoyment. Many have likened aged cru Beaujolais to mature Pinot Noir: ça pinote, they say. Indeed, as they age, the elegance and delicacy of these wines is rather Burgundian, with their complex bouquet of spices and forest floor. When you try these wines, however, you’ll find that no comparison is necessary—our great Beaujolais stand on their own.
Guy Breton France | Beaujolais | Régnié
The vineyards of Régnié sit high on a slope between Brouilly and Morgon, so you can expect the perfume and brightness of the former along with a hint of the mineral-driven structure typical of the latter.
Guy Breton France | Beaujolais | Côte de Brouilly
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