French winemaker, Pierre Gouttenoire, takes you to discover one of the grapes that he loves the most.
I'm sure you have already heard about Beaujolais, and maybe your first thought is that it is crap! Maybe because of a hangover in November after the third Thursday of the month, the day of the world release of the Beaujolais nouveau!
But Beaujolais is way more than this bad memory, it's a fantastic wine region south of Burgundy, growing a local and ancestral grape, Gamay!
Two main terroirs in this Appellation (AOC since 1946): In the south clay and marl producing light fruity reds mainly dedicated to Beaujolais nouveau, and then the northern part (north of the Nizerand river) you will find fantastic soils of granite and schists where Gamay will fully express its beauty and elegancy.
Ten Cru AOC were strictly delimitated like in Burgundy regarding their special and unique typicity using Gamay.
Saint-Amour AOC is the northernmost Cru AOC of Beaujolais. Gamay grapes are harvested by hand on the coteaux of Monts Beaujolais, giving powerful and racy reds able to age very well over the years, like a Pinot noir (we French say that Gamay "pinote" - becomes like pinot).
You could also try another cru like Moulin-à-Vent (the most powerful) or a Morgon AOC, or a Chenas AOC (smallest Cru).
You will change your mind completely about Beaujolais, trust me.