The cream of the cru

From the north at the edge of Mâcon to beyond the Rhine Valley, the top 10 Beaujolais appellations show why it is one of the most ambitious regions of the wine world

5th March, 2017
The Beaujolais grape harvest: the cool of the night air helps to bring out tender, fruity flavours in the wine Pic: Getty

My fascination with the idea of wine, and its evocation of place and time, comes courtesy of, and who better than, Phil Lynott.

As he sang in the beautiful Parisienne Walkways, “I remember Paris in ’49, the Champs Élysées, Saint Michel and old Beaujolais wine.” It is a phrase, a picture-scape that over the years set me thinking about vintage and location, and the very idea of aged Beaujolais wine, something that in 1980s Dublin...

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