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Corney and Barrow

Beaujolais

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We now enter the world of Gamay. Beaujolais is thriving as never before, with quality-focused producers making some brilliant wines, with more friendly price tags than Côte d’Or Pinot Noir. Long gone is the predominance of Beaujolais Nouveau!

Our two producers featured here include a Moulin-à-Vent family, the Labruyères, who now also own Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault and a Volnay family, the Lafarges, whose holdings now stretch to Fleurie.

Along with the Côte Chalonnaise and the Jura, the individual crus of Beaujolais have benefitted from increasing interest from established Burgundian producers. In the same way that the Labruyères stress that they make Moulin-à-Vent rather than Beaujolais, for the Lafarges, Fleurie and Chiroubles are very much centre-stage.

Fleurie, Chiroubles & Brouilly

The evocatively named village of Fleurie produces a wine every bit as delicate as its name. One of the ten Beaujolais crus, it is the palest, the prettiest and the most finely perfumed. Sandy soils produce the lightest bodied wines, whilst towards Moulin-à-Vent to the east, clay creeps into the mix, with wines of consequently greater structure. To the other, western, side of Fleurie is Chiroubles, joyfully luminous in character. Côte de Brouilly is further south; its soils are in fact the remains of an ancient volcano.

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Domaine Lafarge Vial

Domaine Lafarge Vial is held by Volnay family, the Lafarges, established by Frédéric Lafarge and his wife Chantal in the spring of 2014.

 

View the 2018 vintage from Domaine Lafarge Vial in our full Burgundy 2018 vintage en primeur offer here.

Moulin-à-Vent

The only commune in Beaujolais which belongs administratively to Burgundy rather than the Rhône. A bureaucrat’s splitting of hairs perhaps, but growers here would claim a difference in mindset and indeed the wines can appear uncannily Pinot Noir-like. Heavier, clay-based soils contribute to wines of greater structure and ageing potential.

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Domaine Labruyère

Domaine Labruyère is the oldest estate in Moulin-à-Vent, dating back to 1850.

 

Corney & Barrow has been the exclusive UK agent for Domaine Labruyère since the 2013 vintage. The 2018s will be released shortly.

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