Thursday 29th April, 8pm
Fleurie, Morgon, and the crus of Beaujolais have a special place in the gastronomy of France, providing refreshing, charming, juicy wines to wash down the bistro classics that originated in nearby Lyon. The grape responsible, gamay, is like an easy going cousin of pinot noir, and although they are apparently unrelated, they come ostensibly from the same place, Burgundy, and like pinot gamay has established outposts across France, notably in the Loire and Auvergne. It is a vigorous vine that can produce a lot of vegetation and fruit if not kept in check. Overcropped gamay led to the Beaujolais crisis when its reputation was on the floor, but in recent years it has been enjoying a renaissance in the hands of a cohort of France's most energetic young vignerons. At its best it is sheer joy in a glass, sweetly fruit but bright, crisp and naturally playful.
Clos St Jean 2019, Cotes Roannaise £14.40
Clusel Roch Traboules 2017, Coteaux Lyonnais £16.90
Sunier Morgon 2018, Beaujolais £25.00