Jimmy's Bad Ass Beaujolais Cru Tasting
In April 2017 wine school headmaster Jimmy Smith boarded his trusty steed Jeff the orange VW campervan (pictured) and headed on a vinous journey to beautiful Beaujolais in the south of France. This truly superb evening are the fruits of their labours after visiting countless producers to seek out the creme de la creme of this really exciting and transforming wine region. There is remarkable value-for-money to be found here, and as Burgundy is becoming over-priced and unobtainable, Beaujolais is stepping up to the plate in true form. Bravo!
Beaujolais is the wine region bordered by Macon of Burgundy to the north and the vibrant Lyon in the south. It was cultivated by the Romans initially (indeed the villages of Julienas and Brouilly take their names from Julius Caesar and Brutus respectively). Today it is a vibrant vinous region of around 27,000 hectares, mainly the grape variety Gamay, dominated by the Monts de Beaujolais that shape the vineyard landscape here for the premium tasty wines of the ten cru villages; Saint-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Morgon, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Moulin-au-Vent, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly. These wines are far superior to their gentle easy-drinking wines counterparts of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages offering wines of complexity, intensity, balance and length. And what's more, there not expensive!
Wines on Tasting (all ten cru villages):
- Frederic Cossard Saint-Amour 2015 £30
- Joseph Burrier Julienas 2015 £17
- Karim Vionnet Chénas 2015 £20
- Daniel Bouland Morgon Schiste 2014 £25
- Stephane Aviron Fleurie La Madonne (pictured) £13
- Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles 2016 £20
- Thibault Liger-Belair Moulin-au-Vent 2011 £25
- Antoine Aunier Regnie 2015 £25
- Château de Pierreux, Brouilly 2015 £17
- Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly 2015 £23
We'll discover the differences both theoretically and practically and a really bad-ass night!
Places remaining: 31
Course Date/Time: Wed 2nd Aug 2017 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Fulham Wine Cellars