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FRANCE: Beaujolais

2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 2 Bronze: 4 Commended: 5
2015 Gold: 0 Silver: 1 Bronze: 3 Commended: 6

Our tasters like Beaujolais – no question about it. When the appellation gets it right, it offers something genuinely unique – that mid-weight, juicy, fresh, easy-drinking style that can fly off a list and keep people coming back for more. It’s great for spring and autumn, tastes pretty good chilled down in the summer, and with red Burgundy prices verging on the eye-watering, it can make a good AC Bourgogne substitute.

So what’s not to like?

Well, the key five words in that first paragraph would be ‘when it gets it right’. After a stellar 2009 and 2010, Beaujolais has suffered a miserable run of vintages that have seen its medal count tumble in this competition – no Golds at all last year, which was mostly 2013 wines.

This year, driven largely by 2014s, things were more positive. It wasn’t an amazing year, but it was a decent one, and there were some really good wines here as a result. The cru wines were the most popular – generally reckoned to have more concentration and character – and the pricing of our medal winners, from £7 to sub-£14, was pretty keen.

The Signé Vignerons Chiroubles was a worthy Food Match Award winner. Our tasters put it with pizza, but nicely weighted, juicy and sappy, frankly it would work with a huge variety of dishes.


‘When I pick one for the menu I want versatility. It has to drink on its own and also with food. It’s still a popular By The Glass wine. People definitely ask for it.’ Alex Cooper, Haymarket Hotel

‘I have a lot of love for Beaujolais cru. It can offer really delightful wines at a good price and some of them here really did that. In the £9-£11 area they were strong and would show well on a list at £40-£45.’ Laura Rhys, team leader

‘It’s not necessarily hard to sell Beaujolais, but people tend to want fresh and fruity wine under £50 on a list. Above that it’s hard. The wines with more intensity and weight are good wines in themselves, but they’re not necessarily what people expect.’ Gabriele Galuppo, Theo Randall at the InterContinental 

‘The Beaujolais AC wines were lacking in complexity and richness. There was no concentration or silkiness. A big disappointment.’ Erik Simonics, The Savoy

Award winners

Found 14 wines

France: Beaujolais

Signé Vignerons, Louis Tête, Brouilly 2014, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

'A fruity and more complex style with a touch of elegance,' began Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental of this, Signé Vignerons' second Gold. Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky London said: 'A lovely wine, with nice acidity, silky tannins – really mouthwatering and juicy,' while team leader Laura Rhys MS found it 'meaty, rather ethereal and moreish with peppery spice on the finish'.

£9.98 Enotria&Coe

Signé Vignerons, Louis Tête, Chiroubles 2014, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

A pair of Golds for Signé Vignerons, starting with this easy-drinking yet deceptively complex wine. 'Red fruit on the nose, crunchy texture with some nice spice notes on the palate and good acidity,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS, while consultant Sumita Sarma added: 'Cherry and raspberry fruit, this is both delicate and well rounded, in a floral, elegant style.' A worthy winner of a Food Match Trophy.

£9.00 Agamy

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent 2010, Beaujolais, France

Gold medal winner

'A richer style of Beaujolais with a more intense approach, with sweeter spice and liquorice spice notes,' began Alex Cooper of Haymarket Hotel, continuing: 'It still offers silky tannins and balanced fruit and acidity.' Team leader Olivier Marie agreed with the serious nature of this Gold Lister. 'It's structured and characterful, this is densely concentrated, with a ripe nose but tight and firm palate.'

£13.50 Flint Wines

Clos des Quatre Vents, Fleurie 2012, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laura Rhys MS found 'cherry and savoury pepper aromas' with 'slightly herbaceous notes and lively acidity, for an interesting style', while Alex Cooper of Haymarket Hotel felt it was a 'food wine, with higher tannin and earthy clove notes'.

£9.95 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Louis Jadot, Gamay/Pinot Noir, Coteaux Bourguignons 2014, Beaujolais, France

Silver medal winner

'Sweet cherry fruit on the nose and palate, which is nicely rounded with some dryness on the finish but refreshing acidity too,' said team leader Tom Forrest. 'Most approachable and balanced style,' added Cafe Murano's Mark Gurney.

£12.12 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Henry Fessy, Beaujolais Villages 2014, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest highlighted its 'cherry skin aromas' on the nose, and 'some earthy characters on the palate, with softly balanced tannins and a gentle finish', while Cafe Murano's Mark Gurney found it an 'understated' style.

£7.36 Louis Latour Agencies

Château De Corcelles, Brouilly 2014, Beaujolias, France

Bronze medal winner

'Bright, with crunchy fruit, some good gravelly minerality and a more complex palate,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS, with Haymarket Hotel's Alex Cooper noting its 'elegant, good fruit and silky tannins'.

£11.33 Matthew Clark

Château de la Chaize, Brouilly 2013, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

'Nice, clear fruit definition with richness and complexity, with balanced tannins on the palate,' said Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental, while team leader Laura Rhys MS found 'dark, soft fruit, meaty minerals with some oak character and a touch of mocha'.

£12.51 Top Selection Ltd

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Prestige 2014, Beaujolais, France

Bronze medal winner

'Soft with good balance of red fruit and acidity on a pleasant palate,' said Erik Simonics of The Savoy, while team leader Tom Forrest noted 'pithy tannins with cherry bubblegum notes, ripe and typical but best with light foods'.

£10.75 Bulles Blanc Rouge

Signé Vignerons, Domaine Romany 2013, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Louis Jadot , Château des Jacques, Morgon 2013, Beaujolais , France

Commended medal winner

Château de Grand Pré, Fleurie 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Oedoria, Accord Majoeur, Cuvée Privilege, Coteaux Bourguignons 2014, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Croix des Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent 2011, Beaujolais, France

Commended medal winner

£17.50 Flint Wines


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