The Grand Cru of Beaujolais Situated in the extreme south of Burgundy, Beaujolais is a vast region of nearly two hundred villages and communes, spread out on varying "terroirs", or subsoils. Beaujolais forms the unofficial dividing line between northern and southern France. Straddling the un-specified equivalent of the American Mason-Dixon Line, Beaujolais wine flows in copious quantities both north to Paris and south to Lyon and elsewhere. Undoubtedly, there is a wide variation in quality in Beaujolais, reflecting the differences in soil composition, altitude and the level of production among the thousands of growers. Yet, the Gamay grape provides the common denominator and the defining flavor and character of the region’s wines. In fact, Gamay and Beaujolais are nearly synonymous even though Beaujolais can be bottled as Burgundy if it contains Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, rather than Gamay. However, very little of the appellation’s wines are bottled as Burgundy because of the unique quality of Gamay in the granite rock of Beaujolais and the unprecedented commercial success of the appellation has enjoyed since the Second World War. Gamay reigns supreme in this picturesque region, and, nowhere is this more true than in the 10 Grand Cru villages of Beaujolais. Comprising the heart of Beaujolais, the 10 Grand Cru villages offer the consumer the best Gamay-based wine in the world. In addition, each township possesses individual characteristics that make for memorable drinking. In the order of ascending fullness and ability to age the Grand Cru of Beaujolais are: Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Chiroubles, St. Amour, Fleurie, Regnie, Chenas, Morgon, Julienas, and Moulin-a-Vent. One of life’s great, and most affordable pleasures is a tasting of Grand Cru Beaujolais. Why not make tasting them a party with a group of friends? Then, and only then, can you fully appreciate the charm and character of the world’s finest Gamay wines. Enjoy!