Jordan Salcito on Beaujolais and its grape, Gamay.Jordan Salcito on Beaujolais and its grape, Gamay.
Beaujolais is the southernmost region of Burgundy. It often gets a bad rap, which is too bad. There's Beaujolais Nouveau, which sometimes tastes like blueberry bubble gum and bananas. Then there are these ten villages called the Crus of Beaujolais and they make an extremely great wine. With producers who really care. The main difference is that the grape is Gamay instead of Pinot Noir. And they're similar in that they're both thin skinned grapes, so you're never gonna get that rich, plush Cabernet like flavor out of these wines. But Gamay tends to have a bit more Fruit forward flavor profile. A lot of strawberry, a lot of for me always just lovely, elegant, roasted strawberry.