“Today, after a period of being the pariahs of the wine world, they are once again worthy objects of interest for serious wine lovers. This is all due to the magic combination of the Gamay grape and the particular characteristics of the best villages in the region, including the famous ‘crus’ Beaujolais.” Jancis Robinson MW
Supposedly this region was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted to Christianity after escaping death and established a mission near the area. The wines are noted for their spicy characters and stone fruit like aromas.
Arnaud Aucœur is the oldest family Domaine in the village of Morgon. Owner/Vignerons since 1825, the Vignoble Aucœur was established at Villié Morgon. Its Crus are planted to a dozen hectares of the most prestigious appellations of the region, including Morgon, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent.
Production is done manually, with the traditions of the first generations of the Aucœur family being honoured. The passing down and inheritance of knowledge and experience is a fundamental value for the Aucœur family. To this end and the perpetuation of the family legacy, Arnaud Aucœur (2020 Beaujolais Winemaker of the Year, Guide Hachette) makes some of his wines, including the Moulin-à-Vent, in wooden containers. Barrels, tons and semi-casks are housed on the farm. Morgon, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, Régnié, Juliénas, Chénas, Beaujolais Villages, or Beaujolais–their wines are all raised, vinified and packaged according to particular emotional and technical conditions of their Domaine. The wines are fruity and distinct, Jancis Robinson MW described the 2018 vintage of the old vine Villages as '...gorgeously voluptuous.'