The wines of Beaujolais are classified into three different appellations based on their quality.
Within the Beaujolais regional appellation the grapes can be grown anywhere across the 72 communes included in the region (although mostly from the south where the land is flat and the soil is less complex). These wines are usually soft and fruity with an interesting complexity.
Located in the northern area of the region, the wines are made from grapes grown in the 38 villages included in the AOC. Surrounding the Beaujolais Crus upon steep slopes of 200-500 metres in elevation, the terroir varies as much as the villages do. Southern based village wines are fruitier and in the nouveau style, while the northern wines surround the crus are richer and more structured.
The highest quality wines of the region are classified as Crus, named after their village of origin. Only 10 villages are awarded this highest distinction, located solely in the north of the region and planted on slopes. The wines here are deep in flavour, complex, layered and can age for decades. These Cru wines are red wines only made from Gamay Noir.
From North to South, below is the list of the Crus of Beaujolais:
Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chenas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Côte de Brouilly, Brouilly.
All these Crus have a distinctive taste which is testament to the diversity of this beautiful wine region.