Star-Spangled Beaujolais!

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With a few snaps of your camera over the holiday, you could win an entire case of wine! Discover Beaujolais is hosting a monthly Flickr contest that kicks off with the Fourth of July weekend!

Discover Beaujolais Flickr ContestHere’s how it works: take a picture of you and your friends or family enjoying a glass of Beaujolais while celebrating America’s Independence. It could be while putting up decorations, attending a backyard barbecue, or watching the fireworks! Then choose your best picture and submit it to Flickr with the tag discoverbeaujolais per contest rules.

Photos will be rated based on number of views and level of creativity, so the more creative, the better chance you have to win!

You’ll recall from our post Another Wine Byte 15: France’s Red-headed Stepchild Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape.

Thought of as a usurper to the land that more naturally belonged to Pinot Noir, Gamay’s cultivation was banned in 1395 by Philippe the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, when he ordered all Gamay vines to be ripped out. 60 years later its ban was reinforced by Philippe the Good, who stated “The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation.”

While most Beaujolais wines are light, fruity, and made to be drunk young, (the wines, not the drinkers!) some Cru Beaujolais are meant to be aged and can be consumed from four years up to 20 years after they are harvested! These include the following:

Chénas – The smallest Cru Beaujolais, these wines are known for their aroma of wild roses. The area name comes from the forest of French oak trees (chêne) that once dotted the hillside. In ideal vintages, the wine is meant to age at least five years before consuming and last up to 15.

Juliénas – Juliénas growers believe that this area, a village named after Julius Caesar, was the site of the first vineyards planted in Beaujolais by the Romans during this conquest of Gaul. Wines from this area are known to be rich and spicy, and favoring aromas reminiscent of peonies.

Morgon
– The richest and deepest in color of the Cru Beaujolais, wines from Morgon are more earthy. These wines can take on a Burgundian character of a more silky texture after five years’ aging. These wines are known for their aromas of apricots and peaches.

Moulin-à-Vent
– Very similar to the nearby Chénas Cru Beaujolais, this area produces some of the longest lasting examples of Beaujolais wine, with some wines lasting up to ten years. Noted for its high levels of manganese in the soil, the level of toxicity in Moulin-à-Vent causes chlorosis and will alter the vine’s metabolism severely reduce yields. The resulting wines are known to be the most full bodied and powerful examples in Beaujolais. Often aged in oak, the term fûts de chêne (oak casks) will sometimes appear on the wine label. The vin de garde styles require at least 6 years aging and can last up to 20 years.

Discover Beaujolais’ Red, White and Beaujolais Contest runs through July 11th. Additional Flickr contests follow. For more information and for full contest rules, visit DiscoverBeaujolais.com

Cheers!

The WineWonkette