The quality of Cru Beaujolais and the fact that the best wines represent incredible value for money must be among the wine trade’s worst kept secrets. How many other regions can deliver such complex, age-worthy and downright delicious wines for around £25 (many considerably less) on the table? But price aside, there is a huge amount to admire about the best of wines of Beaujolais, which come in a wide array of styles, albeit all made from the glorious Gamay grape.
Stannary’s inaugural Cru Beaujolais offer features wines from five of the ten Crus. They speak not only of differences in terroir, but of different approaches to winemaking; particularly in regards of carbonic maceration and the type of vessels used for fermentation and ageing. Furthermore, we have dug deep into our cellars – as well as securing a parcel of library stock from one producer, the iconic Château Thivin – to bring you wines from no fewer than four vintages.
This offer includes wines that are drinking brilliantly now, in spring 2021, and others that may require a decade or more to reach their apogee. With this in mind, we have presented the wines in order of suggested drinking date, rather than by Cru or vintage.
The renaissance of Beaujolais has been abetted by a purple patch of good to excellent vintages, of which follows a brief overview. Each producer is profiled, and tasting notes are provided by the foremost critics or members of the Stannary team. You will also find boxes throughout the brochure that give in an insight into some of the attributes that combine to make Beaujolais one of the most exciting wine regions on the planet.