What is the difference between Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages wine?
Saw bottles of Louis Jadot wine. One of the labels just said Beaujolais. The other label said Beaujolais-Villages. Same price, same year, 2009. Just wondered, what is the difference?
Beaujolais AOC is the most extended appellation covering 60 villages, and refers to all basic Beaujolais wines. About half of all Beaujolais wine is sold under the basic Beaujolais AOC designation.
Beaujolais-Villages AOC, the intermediate category in terms of classification, covers 39 communes/villages in the Haut Beaujolais, the northern part of the region accounting for a quarter of production. If the grapes come from the area of a single vineyard or commune, producers can affix the name of their particular village to the Beaujolais-Villages designation. This wine has the potential to be of higher quality.
Cru Beaujolais, the highest category of classification in Beaujolais, account for the production within ten villages/areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains. Their wines can be more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived.
Joe S pretty much nailed it!
I shared the BBR link below which might offer some more insight, such as.....
"Beaujolais is almost exclusively planted with the Gamay grape"
But save your money and then try one (or all) of the wines from the 10 named village Crus! (Then you'll know the difference!)