Beaujolais is the southernmost appellation in Burgundy, and is technically located within the Rhône department. While Beaujolais is popularly known for the once-per-year release of its youthful, fruity “Nouveau” style wines, it is the Village and Cru level wines that really stand out. Here the red Gamay grape is king, and it grows on variations of granite soils. The wines range from soft and fruit-driven, to powerful and expressive, depending on origin. There are ten Cru villages in all: Julienas, Chénas, Chiroubles, Régnié, Fleurie, Saint Amour, Morgan, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. This list, for the most part, ascends in body and power. These wines share attributes with great Burgundy, and are amazing in their youth, as well as with some age.