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Cru Beaujolais

” Cru Beaujolais wines, made from Gamay grapes grown in the finest vineyards of France’s Beaujolais region, are often masters of disguise, fooling even the best sommeliers into thinking they are actually Pinot Noir wines.

Jean Bourjade, director of the wine organization Inter Beaujolais, explains, “In blind tastings we often cannot determine the difference between Cru Beaujolais and top Burgundy appellations. Indeed, even the best sommeliers can’t always tell them apart.” Bourjade notes that there is even a term for the confusion: “pinote”—which refers to when a Cru Beaujolais, after five years of cellaring, takes on the attributes of top level red Burgundy”.
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Joseph Drouhin Cru Beaujolais

Drouhin Beaujolais & Hospices de Belleville


In 2014 Maison Joseph Drouhin signed an exclusive partnership with the Hospices de Belleville, historical owner of 34 acres in the 3 crus of Fleurie, Brouilly and Morgon.

This partnership confirms the interest this Burgundy House has always shown towards her close neighbor, the Beaujolais, which is considered as a natural extension of the “Greater Burgundy” region. Convinced as we are of the great potential of these vineyards, we are committed to the renaissance and the development of the renown of the Beaujolais crus.

Frédéric Drouhin, president of the executive board of Maison Joseph Drouhin is convinced: “We have always been attracted to the exceptional terroirs of the crus du Beaujolais. This partnership will allow us access to prestigious vineyards of high quality.

We are certain that the wines issuing from the Domaine des Hospices de Belleville will find a place of choice with all of our clients. Our first superb harvest in 2014 only enhances our enthusiasm.”

On her side, Bernadette Lafond, director of the Hospices de Belleville, is delighted with this “fantastic opportunity to ensure the financial security of our historical heritage, and the chance to extend the renown of the Hospices de Belleville throughout the world!”

The design of the bottles with their labels featuring the artwork from the famous blue albarellos vases, or apothecary jars, still visible today in the apothecary of the Hospices, perfectly sum up the spirit of this collaboration.



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