Wine 101 - Beaujolais

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 with our classic guide to the region.


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As one follows this ridgeline of Chirobles-Fleurie further to the north, one comes to the lower altitude vineyards of Chénas, Beaujolais’s smallest Cru. These vines, which are bordered by Fleurie to the south and Moulin-à-Vent to the south and east, seem ideally situated to take advantage of the best of both of those appellations. The truth though is that the granitic soil of the vineyards gives them a bit of an austere quality that makes them somewhat less approachable than either.

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