From Manual Grape Crusher to the King of Beaujolais
Beaujolais is a historical province and wine producing region in France, located north of Lyon and covers parts of the north of the Rhone.
It is famous for its fruity red wines and is also located immediately south of Burgundy.
The climate is a semi continental one tempered by the Alps and Massif making it a fairly warm climate during grape growing season.
The soils in the northern part are made up of granite hills with patches of clay and limestone and the northern part is made up of richer sandstone soils as well as the terroir being a little flatter giving room for more aromatic wines.
In this region you will find the Georges Duboeuf Winery, one of the world’s largest and best known wine merchants in France with over 2.5 million cases of wine produced annually and the sole person being responsible for the Beaujolais nouveau phenomenon where the release of the wines after harvest created a race for the public to gain access to the highly marketed wines.
Wines from Georges Duboeuf
Georges travelled around the region with his family.
Wines were strapped to his bicycle and found good customers which gave the wines popularity and a demand for more.
Duboeuf began bottling the wines and joined forces with other wine makers in the region becoming their contract bottler.
In 1964 he created his own negociant business representing 40 winemakers from all the appellations in the region as well as the production of his own wine.
Today his total output is 30 million cases annually with 6 million being Beaujolais Nouveau and his business accounts for 15% of the entire production of the Beaujolais region.
The wines are distributed to over 150 countries around the world and the labels on the bottles are uniquely floral and well distinguished.
Georges sources his wine from 400 out of 4000 growers in addition to purchasing wine from 20 local cooperatives.
The Gamay grape is the only one permitted in the region and all of their wines are not meant to be aged but enjoyed and as the ambassador of the region, Georges Duboeuf winery has created close and personal relationships with all of his suppliers and has become the King of the Beaujolais.
It begins with a semi carbonic maceration where whole grapes are kept in a carbon dioxide atmosphere to allow for an inter-cellular fermentation without the use of yeasts.
A portion of the grape sugars is converted to ethanol, which creates a distinctive fruity flavour.
After this a yeast fermentation takes place which is usually about four days long for the Beaujolais nouveau wines, and longer for the wines from the elite ten crus.
As they do not spend any time in oak for ageing the bottles are ready to drink, allowing the freshness of the grape to be maintained.
The Wine Collection
The bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are very floral and easy to see and have been recognised throughout the world, especially after the harvest in November when the wine goes from the vineyards to the stores after a huge marketing frenzy.
The collection consists of reds, whites and roses from Beaujolais, Maconnais, Bourgogne and Vins de Pays D’oc.
Beaujolais Selection Georges Duboeuf is a cherry red wine with purple hints and has aromas of red berries such as strawberries and ripe cherries.
Beaujolais Rose Georges Duboeuf consists of the Gamay Noir grape and has aromas of peach, white fruits and citrus
Patchblock Chardonnay is a gold colour with aromas of star anise, sweet almond and citron from the Vins de Pays DOC.
Fleurie Selection Georges Duboeuf is from the Fleurie with 13 climates each producing a different wine.
In the sloping and a higher part of the appellation the soils are poor, acidic and dry and they produce highly aromatic wines where the soils above the village contains clay and produce wines that are more structured.
This wine is an intense red and has aromas of iris, violets, roses, red berries and wild peaches
Other wines include 15 red wines from Beaujolais, Beaujolais- villages, Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Julienas, Morgon, Bourgogne Gamay, Moulin-A-Vent, Regnie, Saint – Amour and Coteaux Bourguignons.
The grape varieties in the red wines include; Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
White wines include grape varietals of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and they are Saint- Veran, Pouilly- Fuisse, and Macon – Villages, Vins de Pays D’oc and Coteaux Bourguignons.
Visit Georges Duboeuf Winery
In 1993 Georges opened his first 30.000 square metre themed park for vines and wines where people can enjoy the secrets of the vines and its origins, a museum, adventure golf course and wine tastings.
A train ride will allows you to see the vineyards, the winery and enjoy everything that makes Beaujolais stand out.
So many options to choose from and the tour are almost like you have stepped into another time with underground caves, trains and museums that give a completely unique oenological experience.
The taste test could be interesting with the variety that is spread across the entire region, giving the visitor variety and a chance to explore each and every vineyard in one place.
208 rue de Lancié
71570 Romanèche-Thorins, Bourgogne, France
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Wines from Georges Duboeuf
Duboeuf – Syrah Vin de Pays d’Oc 2010 75cl Bottle€9.57 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Merlot Vin de Pays d’Oc 2012 75cl Bottle€9.57 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Brouilly, Chateau de Nervers 2012 75cl Bottle€15.92 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Regnie, Domaines des Buyats 2010-11 75cl Bottle€12.91 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Macon-Villages, Domaine Les Chenevieres 2012 75cl Bottle€14.39 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Gamay Vin de Pays l’Ardeche 2012 75cl Bottle€9.74 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Fleurie, la Madone 2012 75cl Bottle€16.78 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Fleurie 2013 Flower Label 75cl Bottle€15.12 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Morgon, Jean Descombes 2011 75cl Bottle€15.19 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Chiroubles 2010 Flower Label 75cl Bottle€13.08 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Julienas 2011 Flower Label 75cl Bottle€14.01 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Syrah Rose Vins de Pays d’Oc 2014 75cl Bottle€9.50 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Morgon 2011 Flower Label 75cl Bottle€13.95 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc 2012-13 75cl Bottle€10.61 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Beranger 2011 75cl Bottle€22.17 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Saint-Veran, Domaine Saint-Martin 2011-12 75cl Bottle€17.55 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Moulin-a-Vent, Domaine Moulin-a-Vent 2012 75cl Bottle€18.07 Find Merchant
Duboeuf – Beaujolais-Villages Flower Label 2012 75cl Bottle€13.44 Find Merchant
Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles€13.52 Find Merchant
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-villages€9.22 Find Merchant
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