Beaujolais is one of the best regions to look out for if you’re after good value French reds. It’s located just south of Burgundy (actually it’s technically still part of Burgundy though they are generally seen as separate wine regions) but the wines sell for a fraction of the price of its neighbour. Today I’m reviewing what’s probably the most widely available exampl, Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villiages 2017.
The grape variety in Beajolais is Gamay, unlike Burgundy, which is Pinot Noir, but the climate between the regions is similar and so are the resulting wines. The difference is that Beajolais wines generally don’t quite reach the lofty heights of the great Burgundies, though many would say no other wines do. That’s partly what makes Beaujolais better value across the board
I wouldn’t put Georges DuBoeuf at the top of the tree for either value or quality in Beaujolais. This is a very big producer, the kind that is always consistent but rarely outstanding. That being said, I usually have a bottle of this particular wine tucked away somewhere. It’s a good, easy mid-week wine that’s readily available. It’s not a bad place to start if you’re looking to try a Beaujolais.
The Review: Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villiages 2017