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Bottle of 2011 Beaujolais Villages

2011 Beaujolais Villages

Producer:
Gilles Roux
Bottle Price:
£9.95
Case Price:
£119.40
Alcohol:
12.5%
Closure:
Natural cork
Wine Style:
Fuller than a simple Beaujolais but still fruity

Tasting note

Bright purple, aromatic Gamay, soft and pleasing on the finish.

About this wine

Gilles Roux is a skilled French wine maker that makes a very attractive Beaujolais Villages with good body and depth. A very enjoyable French red wine.

Gilles Roux
Gilles in his cellar

Producer: Gilles Roux

The Roux family’s Domaine de la Plaigne is one of the genuinely small family domaines in the Beaujolais-Villages region comprising only 2 hectares that have been passed down from father to son for several generations. It is situated in the heart of the Beaujolais Crus on granitic and clayey soils where the average age of the vines exceeds 50 years. Gilles personally vinifies his wines in the traditional Beaujolais method leaving the uncrushed grapes to ferment for between 4 and 9 days before pressing. He uses low temperature vinification to extract the most perfume and fruit and the least tannin from the Gamay grape to produce a gloriously purple fresh and aromatic wine. 

Gilles also tends a further 8 hectares under the Régnié appellation which makes him a large producer and in my opinion among the best. His wines have a considerable following among our customers and he also produces Beaujolais Villages Nouveau which we will ship again year.

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Beaujolais Villages Wines

Area cultivated:
4,401 hectares of vines with 1,053 producers – 800 of whom only produce Beaujolais Villages
Average annual production:
24,700,000 bottles
AOC decree:
21st April 1950

​Thirty eight communes in the north of Beaujolais are entitled to call their wine Beaujolais-Villages. These are the communes situated on the range of hills that include the Crus, their vineyards thrive on grantic soil and their wines have more body, character and elegance than a simple Beaujolais.

The Beaujolais Villages Appellation Contrôlée decree treated Beaujolais-Villages rather harshly requiring the same pruning (en Goblet) and the same density of vines per hectare as the Crus, yet did not differentiate between the wines of the thirty eight communes. As a result many different wines are bracketed under the heading of Beaujolais-Villages although they each have their own character and individuality.

Many Beaujolais-Villages come from vineyards adjoining the Crus and have all their characteristics while others have a character all of their own. Villages have the right to link their name to that of Beaujolais, but only a few do.

Although there are always exceptions Beaujolais-Villages is not generally a long lasting wine, but it will certainly outlast a Beaujolais. It should be drunk in the first two years after the harvest thereafter there is a risk of ageing rather quickly and becoming flabby and uninteresting. 

Beaujolais Villages also accounts for one third of the volume of wine sold as “Nouveau” and in 2010 this accounted for over 13 million bottles.

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