Fri 30th April – Taste BEAUJOLAIS with us! (L’Atitude-at-Home Box orders by midday Thurs 29th April)
We’re headed to a region very dear to our hearts this week: Beaujolais!
We love its fun, playful side – one of the wine nights we eagerly await each year is Beaujolais Nouveau night. However, we also love its more serious side and its ability to produce wines that can rival some of the great wines of France.
For centuries however, Beaujolais was considered the deviant. Its native grape, gamay, dismissed by Burgundy, deemed not highbrow enough for the great slopes of the Côte-d’Or, and so it was banished south to just north of Lyon, where it produced light peasant wines.
Until the late 20th century, Beaujolais was considered an honest but simple bistro wine. However as the 70s arrived, the local tradition of drinking the new vintage wine, Beaujolais Nouveau, was adopted globally, especially by Americans. Soon, Beaujolais became synonymous with Nouveau, wine sold about two months after harvest on the third Thursday in November. It was an instant hit. But this industrial Beaujolais was little else than marketing, and so was destined to fail.
At the same time, the region was undergoing a quiet revolution. In the 1980s, a set of winemakers, known as the ‘Gang of Four’ began to farm organically and improve their winemaking led by a scientist and wine broker named Jules Chauvet who inspired these young vignerons. The Gang of Four put serious Beaujolais on the radar of a new generation in the 1990s and 2000s, and their work continues.
We have included one of that Gang’s wines in this week’s box for you to experience the more serious side of Beaujolais. Jean Foillard makes exceptional Beaujolais in Morgon, one of the 10 Cru villages. His wines never fail to impress and his Morgon Classique is reminiscent of a great Burgundy with its crunchy red berries mingling with fleshy cherries, marzipan and herbal hints and a beautifully blanked acidity.
Situated about 30 minutes south of Beaujolais is Lyon – greatly considered ‘the world capital of gastronomy’, with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in France. For this week’s box, we’ve chosen a few of our favourites from the region to marry with this elegant wine.
€50 for 2 people. Orders to email@example.com by midday Thurs. Collection Fri 30th April from 5-6.30 #jointhejourney
And we’re exchanging boxes again this week with St Francis in Kinsale. Orders for the L’Atitude box to firstname.lastname@example.org, collection from SFP Kinsale.
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Order directly from St Francis on 083 0636879 and pick up on Friday evening in Cork.