Beaujolais: The Classic Bistro Wine
Drinking Beaujolais, like dining in a bistro, is a casual endeavor. It doesn't demand deep thought or deep pockets. If you consider basic Beaujolais a bit lightweight, look into the crus Beaujolais from the region's top 10 villages. While the grape remains the same—Gamay Noir—the quality is typically several notches above that of a Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages. Here are a handful of superb examples to try.
brouilly 2001 Château Thivin ($13). A ruby-colored wine with bright cherry flavor from a much loved winery.