Like Rioja, Beaujolais may be off many people’s radar, but the truth is that the top of the line Cru Beaujolais are getting more attention than ever, and for good reason. Not only are these wines improving, showing lovely nuance, structure and an increasing effort on the part of winemakers to highlight the grapes’ and terroirs’ unique expression, but they are also proving to be one of the great values in the world of wine, for a little while longer at least.
While we think of Beaujolais as an early drinking wine, and most are, the best are considered on par with some minor Burgundy appellations as to their ability to improve with age, becoming complex, layered and wonderfully expressive. Ideal food wines and ones with which to impress your wine geek friends!
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