well that was a quick change!

By billn on February 15, 2017 #beaujolais#travels in burgundy 2017

Last month in Chablis, my visits were largely in a window of -3°C to -12°C.

This week in Beaujolais, Monday/Tuesday p.m. temperatures were about 12°C, and I’ll admit to having used the aircon in the car at one, seemingly, stressful point as I struggled to find a domaine – often an address in no more than a ‘lieu-dit’ in Beaujolais! But this afternoon, we hit 17°C – that’s summer in the UK! Fortunately, at least today, I knew where I was going 🙂

A few pics from the last couple of days:

The long slow death of (Saint) Amour(?)

By billn on February 14, 2017 #beaujolais

Saint Amour, today…


Will it really require the return of a few Mercedes 4×4 to resurrect one of the greatest wines of Beaujolais?

Fine writing from Aaron Ayscough…

want to know more about beaujolais nouveau? of-course you do :)

By billn on October 11, 2016 #beaujolais

bjn2016Even if only from a voyeuristic perspective!

Although most of us might have little more than an afterthought about this wine, it’s still a massive volume that is produced.

In 2015, for example, the Beaujolais region sold 193,000 hectoliters of Beaujolais Nouveau, or more easily understood as about 25.7 million bottles in France and abroad. The most important markets outside France are (in order) Japan the United States and the United Kingdom. I must admit to buying a bottle each year, but only one, and usually the one with the most attractive label!

There is even a website – but I couldn’t get it to work: – Still I don’t think that it will stop me from keeping with my previous buying habits!

ladies of beaujolais…

By billn on September 21, 2016 #beaujolais#other sites


Honestly, I dislike positive/negative profiling, so ‘women wine-makers‘ at least as a concept, grouping or genre has always seemed odd to me, because the job-title wine-maker is in itself sexless. I’ll give you that from a historical perspective, women winemakers are clearly in the minority – yet that is also ‘so last century…

That said, I’ll still take these infos on-board if it brings useful new names; Claude-Emmanuelle and Mee I’ve already visited – so now I’ll have to look out for Sonja, even if I already know the (brilliant) wines!

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