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Bottle of 2013 Beaujolais VieillesVignes

2013 Beaujolais VieillesVignes

Jean-François Garlon
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Wine Style:
Fresh and fruity

Tasting note

Deep purple, but light and elegant mouthwatering Gamay giving all the pleasure of Beaujolais at its best.

About ths Wine

Jean-Francois Garlon is a very skilled French wine maker. He makes the very best red wine from Beaujolais that is light fruity and very enjoyabe to drink.

Jean-François Garlon
Jean-François and Corrine

Producer: Jean-François Garlon

Jean-François and his wife Corrine live in the picturesque village of Theize in the South of Beaujolais, an area characterised by the Pierre Dorées, the golden sandstone from which the houses and vineyard walls are built. Their 15 hectares of vineyards lie around and below the village.  

If one family's wines were to express the attraction of Beaujolais it would be those of Jean-François. Like his father Jean, Jean-François is a superb wine maker having an enviable ability to produce wonderful wines year after year irrespective of the vintage and over the years we have enthused profusely about all of them.  

It is Jean's picture that appears in black and white on our home page complete with ash-laden cigarette characteristic of a bygone era.  

While many growers in Beaujolais produce wonderful and impressive wines it has to be said that the Garlon family wines are the most outstanding simple Beaujolais in our range and we love every bottle that we taste and are never disappointed.

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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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