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A sampling of Beaujolais and cru-Beaujolais bottlings

A sampling of Beaujolais and cru-Beaujolais bottlings.

November 24, 2011|By Patrick Comiskey | Special to the Los Angeles Times

To get up to speed on Beaujolais' many pleasures without a huge investment, consider one of the village wines offered by the larger negociant houses of the region, Georges Duboeuf, Louis Jadot, Joseph Drouhin and Potel Aviron. Most can be had for around $10 to $12. Look for Beaujolais-Villages on the label — that ensures that the wine inside is blended from the better villages. A cru-wine, from one of the nine sub-appellations of the region (Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon, Fleurie, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly are the best known) will be more expensive but well worth the higher tariff. A selection of Beaujolais and cru-Beaujolais bottlings is below.

2009 Marcel Lapierre's vin de France "Raisins Gaulois X" is available at Domaine LA, Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, domaine547.com; and Rosso Wine Shop, Glendale, (818) 330-9130, http://www.rossowineshop.com, about $13.

2010 Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent "Vieilles Vignes" is available at Wine Country in Signal Hill (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com, and K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com, about $23.

2009 Georges Descombes Brouilly is available at the Wine Hotel in Los Angeles, (323) 937-9463, http://www.thewinehotel.com; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com; and Domaine LA, Los Angeles, about $20.

2009 Louis Jadot Morgon "Chateau des Jacques" is available at Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com, about $18.

2010 Chateau Thivin Côte de Brouilly is available at Du Vin Wine & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161, http://www.du-vin.net; John & Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; and K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, about $24.

2010 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais "Terres Dorées 'l'Ancien' Vieilles Vignes" is available at the Wine Hotel in Los Angeles; Rosso Wine Shop, Glendale; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills; and Domaine LA in Los Angeles (about $17). Domaine LA also carries Brun's Fleurie (about $25).

2010 Chateau Cambon Beaujolais-Villages is available at Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985, http://www.cowineco.com; Palate Wine Merchant, Glendale, (818) 662-9463; and Wine Exchange, Orange, about $16.

—Patrick Comiskey

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