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Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2020

Red Wine from France - Beaujolais
This château is a magnificent edifice, now sadly in disrepair, high up in the northern hills near Juliénas. The cool spot makes an intense, deeply coloured, refreshing style of Beaujolais that can outshine many a cru.
Price: £8.75 Bottle
Price: £105.00 Case of 12
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Code: BJ8841

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Gamay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, plastic

Beaujolais

At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted...
At its best, there is little that can match Beaujolais’ fragrant, sappy, fruity flavours. Beaujolais tends to be a delight to drink upon release; indeed, extolling the wines' youthful virtues has been hugely successful.

At one time more than half the crop of this region was hurriedly fermented and sold as Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the third Thursday of November and raced to market in as many inventive ways as possible. Its cheap price and fun image made it popular for a while but, inevitably, quality suffered and Nouveau fell out of fashion in the face of new world competition.

Away from Beaujolais Nouveau, another kind of Beaujolais continued to be made, often using very traditional methods of production and reflecting a complexity of terroir that still comes as something of a surprise.

Beaujolais lies between the towns of Mâcon and Lyon with most of the vineyard confusingly coming into the Département du Rhône. The vast majority of the region’s 18,500 hectares is planted with a single red grape: gamay, or to be more precise, gamay noir à jus blanc. Often densely planted to help control the vines vigour, and therefore yields, trained low and pruned hard, they are need at least a short spell of real heat to ripen properly. In terms of soil, gamay does not do well on sedimentary rock types. Much of Beaujolais is granite with outcrops of schist in part of Morgon or Andesites in the Cote de Brouilly.

A little over 200 hectares is planted with chardonnay, which is growing in popularity because it is easier to sell and can be turned into sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne. White Beaujolais is sold either as Beaujolais blanc or Beaujolais-Villages blanc, and the best comes areas with chalk in the soil.

Below is a list of the appellations, but it is worth mentioning that the most important factor in the wines’ quality is the grower.

Beaujolais: Mostly from the south where the soils are often of a limestone called pierres dorées, which makes excellent building material. But there are granites as well and a great many styles of wine possible though a major part of the productions continues to be made as Nouveau.

Beaujolais-Villages: These wines come from the north and are set among the ten crus and planted on the same granitic soils. 38 parishes are allowed to produce Beaujolais-Villages. They offer a midway point between generic Beaujolais and the greater complexity of the crus.

The ten crus, from north to south, are: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Each have their own unique variation on the local geology and topography, climatic conditions and character; from the light, fragrant Chiroubles to the richer, more concentrated Moulin-à-Vent with its ability to age and comparison in great years with top Burgundies.

Within these crus are specific vineyards, or climats, with deserved reputations for high-quality, such as Poncié in Fleurie or Côte du Py in Morgon. For a more thorough examination of these crus and their characteristic traits please see our How to Buy Beaujolais guide in the Wine World & News section of our website.
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Chateau D'Emeringes

Located in the villages, Château d’Emeringes borders Chénas and Fleurie, and is just north of Juliénas. Vines have been grown here since the fourteenth century, but Château d’Emeringes was formed in the mid-20th century and has been in the same family for three generations.

The family vineyards are all on optimum Beaujolais-Villages sites, with sandy granitic soils and south-east-facing slopes. The family grows 15 acres of gamay, with vines at least 40 years old, as well as small amounts of 30-year-old chardonnay vines to make white Beaujolais. The age of the vines, combined with careful vineyard management such as the restricted use of pesticides, ensures they produce grapes of the best possible quality.

In the winery, headed by Pierre David, production is very much in line with traditional Beaujolais practices such as semi-carbonic maceration. Their wines are in a classic Beaujolais style, with wonderful full body and an ageing potential that puts them more on a par with cru Beaujolais.
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The Times

A mouth-watering Beaujolais with masses of fat, juicy, cherry-ripe fruit and a food-friendly finish.

- Jane MacQuitty

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