Here at Astor Wines & Spirits, Beaujolais is our answer to year-round Burgundy. The somewhat small region–the southernmost part of Burgundy–makes friendly and affordable Gamay wines that are absolutely packed with both fruit and a great sense of terroir. They burst with berry flavors, are juicy and round, and are lined with finely-etched tannins and minerality. They’re dangerously easy to enjoy. And that’s just Villages-level Beaujolais.
The very best Beaujolais comes from 10 crus. Ever so slightly, the Gamay grape shifts its disposition from commune to commune. And in the case of shopping for Cru Beaujolais, the name “Beaujolais” may not even appear on the label–instead, you must search out individual crus: In Chiroubles, for example, the wines are light, pretty, and floral; Moulin-à-Vent offers up a sturdier, more masculine version; In Morgon, the reds are mineral-driven; And in Régnié, they’re even a bit spicy.
Getting to know Cru Beaujolais pays dividends in pleasure for wine lovers: These bottles offer some of the best values in red wine that you can find—seriously well-made, balanced, food-friendly, delicious, and evocative of place.