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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014
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Bottle of 2013 Beaujolais

2013 Beaujolais

Producer:
Denis Carron
Bottle Price:
£9.45
Case Price:
£113.40
Alcohol:
12.5%
Closure:
Natural cork
Wine Style:
Light and fruity

Tasting note

Pleasantly purple with a gentle suggestion of peardrops. Invitingly aromatic - a delicious simple Beaujolais.

About this wine

One of the best simple Beaujolais, light fruity and delicious handmade by a skilled wine maker - Denis Carron. A very enjoyable, easy drinking red wine from France.

Denis Carron
Denis Carron

Producer: Denis Carron

Five generations of the Carron family have tended their vineyards whereby using traditional methods of vinification with grapes from old vines they have had a magical ability to create memorable vintages year on year. Each has an intensity of colour, a bouquet of strawberries and blackcurrants and an enticing fragrance that defies belief.  

The family owns 18 hectares of vineyards in the communes of Frontenas, Theize and Bagnols, the majority producing Gamay, although they do have a small production of Beaujolais Blanc made from Chardonnay.

Roger met Blaise Carron back in the late 70s and his photo appears on our home page. He was a wonderfully warm and charismatic person with whom Roger spent many happy hours, in his cellars and around the kitchen table, discussing the nuances of his cuvée and putting to right most of France's political problems. Sadly Blaise is no longer with us and the mantle has been passed to Denis with whom we are easily developing a similar relationship. These are very special wines from a very special family.

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Bottle of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

Bottle price:
£9.60

Case price:
£115.20

More info

Beaujolais

Area cultivated:
6,544 hectares under vine with 1,800 producers
Average annual production:
43,700,000 bottles
AOC decree:
12th September 1937

​A true Beaujolais should be light, fresh, aromatic and purple in youth – inviting but completely unpretentious. It should always be drunk young and never laid down.  

The soil in the Beaujolais appellation region is sedimentary clay and limestone and differs from the granitic soil of the Beaujolais-Villages and Crus Beaujolais vineyards. There are also differences in the pruning requirements, alcoholic strength and production per hectare which are more lenient than for the other Beaujolais appellations.  For example only vineyards under the Beaujolais appellations are allowed to train the vines along trellises and use the Guyot pruning system.

The South, or Bas Beaujolais as it is known, has a picturesque green landscape of gently undulating hills interspersed with golden yellow buildings for the Pierre Dorées or Golden Stones which abound in the region. The Pierre Dorées are sandstone that  were laid down in the Secondary Era (between 30 and 70 million years ago) from the remains of sea life when Beaujolais was covered by sea.  

Life is altogether more relaxed and simple here than in the North yet many growers take the same pride in the product of their vineyards and individually many superb wines are to be found. Because the fruit of the Gamay on this soil vinifies quickly,  special regulations exist for the sale of Beaujolais Nouveau from the third Thursday of November. There is such a huge Worldwide following for this exciting wine that in excess of 50% of the entire production is sold by Christmas.

Although the juice of the Gamay is white no white wine can be made from it. Nonetheless Beaujolais does produce at white wine of great distinction but not from its native Gamay rather from the Chardonnay grape whose natural home is in the neighbouring Mâconnais. This is the only white wine entitled to a Beaujolais appellation that is not made from the Gamay. It is a wine which is clean and fresh and very popular although the volume produce is very limited amounting to not more than 1,500,000 bottles per year.  

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