Beaujolais closes in on ‘climat’ recognition

12th June, 2017 by Rupert Millar

Beaujolais is closing in on officially recognised ‘climats’ as it continues to pursue geological and terroir studies, which the regional interprofession hopes will lead to ‘premier cru’ designations in the near future.

Speaking to the drinks business at the recent Beaujolais trade tasting, Jean Bourjade the general manager of Inter-Beaujolais remarked that there were an increasing number of wines bearing the names of ‘lieux dits’ – specific sites in their vineyards.

“It wasn’t an exception in the past but it’s more normal now,” he said, adding that the region was moving towards each of the 10 crus receving the more official recognition of climats and, eventually, the elevation of at least a few of them to premier crus as well.

That latter stage is still some years….

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