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The variety and diversity of the region will be presented by showcasing a number of themes, including white Beaujolais made from 100% Chardonnay, as well as vintages from 2005 and earlier, alongside its 2011 vintage.
Attending the tasting will be Inter Beaujolais general manager Jean Bourjade and vice-president Xavier Barbet (also representing his own Maison Loron), as well as winemakers from the region including Guillaume de Castelnau from Château des Jacques and Jean Frédéric Sambardier from Domaine Manoir du Carra, who will talk attendees through the latest developments in the region.
Bourjade said: “We are encouraging producers to plant more Chardonnay as we think it has great potential here in Beaujolais. We have the perfect limestone terroir in the south and north of the region and an ideal climate to produce world-class Chardonnay.”
He added: “We are also eager to show the UK trade more examples of aged Beaujolais, which is something of a hidden gem in the region. Gamay is related to Pinot Noir, so the wines take on a wonderful and complex flavour profile – not dissimilar to our Burgundian neighbours.”
The tasting will also present its 2011 vintage, which winemaker Aurélien Grillet, from Domaine du Chardon Bleu in Villié-Morgon, claimed to be a “truly excellent year”.
“For us it sits in between 2009 and 2010 – ripeness like 2009, freshness like 2010,” he added.
The tasting will take place on June 26, from 11am to 6pm, at Kettner’s, 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D 5HP.
Story by Carol Emmas
Courtesy of Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review