GEORGE DUBOEUF has called this year's 2009 BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES ,"THE VINTAGE OF A LIFETIME".
Mr. Duboeuf describes the vintage as " Complex, generous dark fruit aromas with hints of kirsch, hearty,full-bodied, fleshy and structured on the palate, with a smooth finish". The Appellation is A.O.C. BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES
A.O.C. Status was given in April, 1950.
The single varietal used is 100% GAMAY.
The 38 vineyard's altitude ranges from 800 to 1500 feet.
15,000 acres are utilized for this vintage.
The soil is granite with occasional sand.
The vines are harvested manually, whole bunches, unstemmed.
There are some 24,000 names for varieties of wine grapes. Ampelograhers believe these represent about 5,000 truly different varieties, since most varieties have numerous names, depending on where they are grown. Of those 5000 grape varieties, only ...