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1

The majority of Gamay comes from this region (it's also the most important region in the world for Gamay)?

Beaujolais, France

2

What is the climate of Beaujolais?

Moderate

3

Describe the typical profile of Gamay.

  • Dry
  • High acidity
  • Low to medium tannins
  • Lots of bright red fruits
  • No new oak

4

Where is Beaujolais in relation to Burgundy?

Immediately south

5

Winemakers can use a specific winemaking technique to craft a particular style of Beaujolais.

What are the effects of these techniques on the wine?

  • Lighter body
  • Low tannins
  • Perfumed and aromatic (gum drop, banana)
  • Super fresh style

You don't need to know this for the exam, but the winemaking technique is called Carbonic Maceration.

6

What style of wine would one expect from a wine labeled Beaujolais AOC?

Simple, light bodied, somewhat fruity - generally an acceptable wine.

7

For a Beaujolais AOC wine, the grapes can come from:

Anywhere within the Beaujolais region, but mostly from the flat land in the southern portion of the region.

8

How many villages within the Beaujolais Villages area are Crus?

10

Know Fleurie and Morgon

9

What style of wine would one expect from one of the Crus of Beaujolais?

A more structured, more concentrated wine that exhibits just-ripe red fruits and medium tannins.

The Crus of Beaujolais generally do not use Carbonic Maceration.

10

What is the hierarchy of Beaujolais appellations?

From lowest to highest:

  • Beaujolais AOC
  • Beaujolais Villages AOC
  • Beaujolais Crus (e.g. Fleurie AOC or Morgon AOC)

11

Why are wines from Beauojolais often served slightly chilled?

To showcase their freshness, red fruit flavors, and bright acidity.