Wine 101 - Beaujolais

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


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Moulin-à-Vent is Beaujolais’ most famous, and to many minds, top Cru. Named after an iconic windmill in the appellation, the wines here are full and rich with a touch of the astringent tannins found in the wines of Chénas. The soils share a disposition towards granite, particularly towards the west, and Chénas, but in the heart of the appellation the soil is famously rich in manganese. Manganese is toxic to grape vines, though at the concentrations found in Moulin-à-Vent the vines only suffer greatly reduced yields, imbuing the wines coming from those affected vines with uncommon richness and depth!

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