The famous ten "Crus" of Beaujolais are the located in the northern half of the Beaujolais region, just south of Burgundy's Macon region. The wines produced this 67 square miles are typically more structured and robust than the wines produced in the southern portion of the region.
Twelve representatives from these Crus united in 2017 to form Club Crus Beaujolais in order to bring greater presence to the distinctive nature of the region, of the 10 crus or appellations and to the individual wines they are producing. Behind each of these producers stands the hard work of generations of families, who dedicate themselves to growing exquisite grapes, and transforming them into award-winning wines. Beaujolais Cru wines have established their respect worldwide as the highest quality wines in the appellation.
In their inaugural year, the 12 Club Crus Beaujolais producers will travel to the U.S. showcasing the rich history and distinction of the Cru Beaujolais in New York City and Chicago.
Saint-Amour : Due to the variations in soils, there are two styles of wines produced in this Appellation – light, fruity, easy sipping wines that are best enjoyed within 12 to 15 months after harvest and more structured wines with spicier undertones that show best after 4 to 5 years in the cellar.
Juliénas : The oldest Cru. Generous dark berry aromas mingled with the fully bodied earthiness of these wines ensures a perfect pairing with a wide array of cuisines.
Chenas : Chénas is often compared with its neighbor Burgundy and wines made with the Pinot Noir grape.
Moulin-à-Vent : The name itself comes not from a village, but from the windmill that dominates the rolling hillsides. The robust color, complexity and great length of finish are attributed to the veins of manganese that run through the granite.
Fleurie : The vineyards of Fleurie are planted on pink granite soils, unique to this part of Beaujolais, giving the wines their elegant and fruity style.
Chiroubles : The granite soils are found throughout the Cru creating wines that are light, soft and fruity plus the cooler climate keeps the palate cleansing acids bright.
Morgon : The second largest Cru. Morgon is comprised of 6 ‘climats’ (named vineyards) each producing slightly different styles of wine, the most famous being Côte du Py.
Régnié : Less than twenty years ago, the hard work and commitment of Régnié’s winemakers and growers paid off with the granting of Cru status. The wines are made to be enjoyed rather young although can enjoy a few years of cellaring.
Côte de Brouilly : This small Cru features vineyards planted on the slopes of volcanic Mt. Brouilly. The fresh elegance of Côte de Brouilly contrasts with its meaty character allowing it to pair with moderately rich cuisine.
Brouilly : Forming the southern border of the Cru region, Brouilly has a long history of producing joyously elegant wines.