Gamay from Beaujolais-Villages
Red-berry fruits and a full-bodied texture form the hallmark of this ripe wine. It has spice, a rich character that is generous and fruity. The wine is ready to drink - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
Recommended Serving Temperature: 57 - 65F
Recommended Food Pairings: Dark meats, mushrooms, herbs, herbaceous cheeses like blue cheese, root vegetables & braised greens
In Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, where the integrity of the producer is often more important than a renowned appellation or vineyard, Maison Louis Jadot is one of the most venerable, most trusted and revered wine houses. Jadot’s winemaking team, now led by Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, has maintained a balance of tradition and technology in winemaking that allows Jadot’s wines to express the subtle differences between terroirs that are the essence of fine Burgundy. Though officially retired in 2013, esteemed winemaker Jacques Lardière continues to work in an advisory role and on special projects.
Founded in 1859, the house has grown through a long-term policy of acquisition or management of exceptional vineyard lands and owns 528 acres of vineyards, including nearly 280 acres of the Cote d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots.
Beaujolais Villages is an appellation of red, white and rose wines from an area made up of 38 villages in the north of the Beaujolais region. Most of the output is red wine, with just small amounts of white and rose wines produced. While most Beaujolais Villages wines are made for immediate consumption, some of the best examples can be cellared for up to five years.
Beaujolais Villages wines are considered to be higher quality than the Beaujolais appellation due to the regions granitic terrior of the Massif Central mountain range The terrior's heat-retaining quality helps grapes reach optimal ripeness and is highly permeable, allowing for excellent drainage in the vineyard. The terrior as well as the climate produces quality wine that is light and juicy. The Gamay thrives in the vineyards that sit on sunny south- and southeast-facing slopes on the hills to the west of the Saone River where bright sunshine and warming foehn winds help the grapes to reach prime ripeness.
Most Beaujolais Villages wines are produced by negociants and the grapes come from a number of official villages. However, if the wine is made from grapes that come from a single village, then that wine can list the village name next to the Beaujolais Villages title. This does not apply to the villages of the ten Beaujolais crus, however, as they have their own separate appellations - this will be listed on the title.