In a nutshell: A soft, rounded, fruity unoaked Chardonnay from the south of Burgundy.
The lowdown: Beaujolais is famed for its reds however Beaujolais is both the southern part of Burgundy and produces white wine from Chardonnay that are very similar to that of their neighbours in Mâconnais to the north. Beaujolais Blanc on the label but it might as well say Bourgogne Blanc or Mâcon-Villages when regarding the style of the wine. Made by Dominique Morel who has been winemaker at his family estate since 1991 and simply produces wines that he likes to drink and, thankfully, they are ones that many others do to! Harvested first thing in the morning to preserve freshness, fermentation in stainless steel and then maturing for five months on lees. The wine sees no oak but still has a lovely weight and softness to the body. Vibrant citrus and stone fruit aromas with hints of blossom lead onto a medium-bodied palate balanced with fresh acidity and a clean finish. Great Mâcon-Villages alternative from a great producer.
When to drink: A really versatile wine, try with avocado and prawns, scallops, chicken in cream sauce or chicken curry, mixed salads, and the Morel's also suggest local cuisine such as frog's legs or andouillette.
This family-run winery based in the Beaujolais village Émeringes just north of Fleurie dates back to the early 1900s and has been run by current Winemaker Dominique Morel since 1967. Dominiques philosophy is to make wines he likes to drink, with plenty of fruit, a good colour and a rounded mouthfeel. The domaine has 18 hectares across the Beaujolais region (three of which are in Fleurie itself), planted with vines up to 70 years of age. Each is situated on relatively low vigour granite soils and as a result, the vines have to struggle to survive which is a good thing because vines stressed in this way produce superior and beautifully concentrated fruit. They produce 12 different appellation altogether, ten of which are reds made from Gamay alongside two whites made from his plantings of Chardonnay.