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Beaujolais In India – Wine Reviews

The Beaujolais AOC of Burgundy region is famous for its easy drinking, light red wines that are excellent summer wines and are always served chilled.

Whoever said that red wines are only meant for the winters has perhaps never had a red wine from Beaujolais. The Beaujolais region or AOC is a part of the Burgundy AOC and produces very light bodied red wines with relatively higher acidity. The grape varietal most widely used in the region is Gamay, a grape that comes with a natural thin skin and light tannins. Some winemakers blend a little Pinot Noir or a local variation called the Pinot Liébault to add a little body to the wine, but not very often. A bottle of Beaujolais is best enjoyed lightly chilled to get a perfect summer red wine that is light on the palate and easy on the tannins.

There are different levels of finesse in the Beaujolais products, however, the Indian market it seems is only open for business to the middle-segment Beaujolais Villages AOC with Cru Beaujolais still a long way off from being available to the Indian consumers at reasonable prices. Here are 3 of the best Beaujolais wines that we found in the Indian market so far.

Region: Beaujolais AOC, France

Climate: Beaujolais enjoys a semi-continental climate with some influence of the Mediterranean Sea. It is slightly warmer than the rest of Burgundy and by the time the winemakers release their produce in November, some regions in the Burgundy foothills get their first snow of the season. Springtime frost is a common hazard in the region. Soil conditions also vary within the region, with the northern and southern halves having very different soil characters. The northern half that produces the more premium Cru Beaujolais has rolling hills of schist, granite and some limestone in the soil composition. The southern region is flatter and has richer soil with sandstone and clay dominating the composition, and some limestone patches. The lack of slopes in the south also results in the grapes being left on the vines much longer than in the north.

As a result of these conditions, the northern region produces more structured, complex wines, while the southern region produces lighter, fruitier and easy drinking wines.

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Price: INR 2250

Style: Off-Dry

Grape: Gamay

Color: Bright, ruby red

Nose: Red berries and black fruits aromas such as blackberry, and strawberry.

Palate: This mildly off-dry wine is round and comes with notes of wild, under ripe strawberry on first sip. The acidity along with the mild-mannered tannins is a refreshing surprise for a red wine.

The finish is short to medium with added citrus notes on the end palate along with very mild spice notes.

Serving Temperature: 11-13ºC

Food Pairing: Pairs well with salads, light curries, olives and cheeses. Good for unpaired consumption in warm weather when served slightly chilled at 11ºC.


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Style: Off-Dry

Grape: Gamay

Color: Dark, ruby red

Nose: Ripe, dark berries, and fruits with notes of mild spice (cinnamon and nutmeg).

Palate: A juicy wine from one of the larger producers in Beaujolais with notes on the palate mirroring the nose. The wine demonstrates a greater intensity and structure while maintaining the attractive fruitiness on the nose and palate through to the end. This mild extra intensity makes it an excellent partner to some intensely flavoured dishes.

The finish is medium at best with some added citrus berry notes on the end palate along with very mild notes dark chocolate and licorice.

Serving Temperature: 11-13ºC

Food Pairing: Pairs well with salads, chicken and lamb preparations with aromatic spices cooked in lighter North Indian styles, light curries, olives and cheeses. Good for unpaired consumption as well.


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Price: INR 2000

Style: Off-Dry

Grape: Gamay

Color: Clear, medium intensity, ruby red

Nose: Red berries, mild flowers and spice.

Palate: On the palate, floral and fruity notes complemented by a typical high acidity of a Beaujolais. Cherry, candied strawberry and cranberry notes along with juicy dark berries. Soft and approachable, the freshness and fruit remain on the palate for quite some time at the finish.

The finish is short to medium with added citrus and licorice notes on the end palate.

Serving Temperature: 11-13ºC

Food Pairing: A versatile wine that is excellent for chilled serving or with chicken, salmon or summer salads.