With its staggering geological diversity, Beaujolais has become a playground for serious winemakers who want to make terroir-driven Gamays. With vineyard land that is relatively affordable, the region is witnessing an impressive rise in young winemaking talent as well as an influx of outside investors. For both groups, the region’s fresh, minerally reds speak to the current movement toward more elegant styles. Associate editor Gillian Sciaretta explores how the wines have grown to stand on their own and recommends the best of the recent releases from the 2017 and 2018 vintages.
From the Dec 31, 2020, issue