Move over Beaujolais Nouveau, November is For Cru Beaujolais…

WineBeaujolais Nouveau is a wine that is barely a month old and widely celebrated on the third Thursday of November. Made exclusively from the Gamay grape and created with the intention of being consumed immediately. You may have had it before, flavors and aromas reminiscent of banana, bubble gum and maybe even granite if you use your imagination. It’s a pleasant wine but with a little effort you can find some really incredible Beaujolais wines that over deliver for the price, please allow me to explain.

Next time you are out on the prowl looking for a bottle of light bodied red wine look for the Cru Beaujolais. There are ten specific areas in Beaujolais called Crus; these areas are regarded for creating the greatest wines from the Gamay grape. All Cru Beaujolias vineyards are located in the Northern region of Beaujolais, spawning from the inhospitable granite soil. Each of the 10 Cru Beaujolais offers a slightly different flavor and aroma. The Cru Beaujolais spectrum ranges from Morgon’s structured body, brimming with wild red and purple fruit to Fleurie’s tart cranberry flavors with aromas as floral as a rose garden in summer. Here is a list of all 10 Cru Beaujolais regions: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly.

My personal favorite Cru Beaujolais is made by Château Thivin, which hails from Côte de Brouilly. With a price tag of $25.00, this wine offers affordability making it an easy contender when faced with hosting a large holiday party. Pair this jewel alongside classic Thanksgiving dishes and you will see why more people are opting to drink Cru Beaujolais with every passing year.

You can find Château Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly along with other Cru Beaujolais at the following shops in Orange County: Lucca Cafe, Wine Exchange and The Wine Club in Santa Ana.




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