Saint-Amour is the Northernmost Cru du Beaujolais. The appellation occupies sunny hillsides of gravel and granitic clays between 250 and 470m of altitude within the territory of Saint-Amour-Bellevue.
Depending on the winemaker’s vinification method, Saint-Amour wines can be light, fruity and joyful or more powerful, spicy and voluptuous. They evoke red fruit, peony and stone fruit in their youth, and for the fleshier ones, kirsch, jasmine and spices. Long maceration time yields wines with more tannins, structure and fat, that benefit from 4 to 5 years of aging in bottles. Shorter maceration leads to lighter, fruitier wines that can be enjoyed young.
The name (literally “Saint-Love”) and easy appeal makes Saint-Amour a favorite for Valentine’s day. Pairs well with roasted red meat, white meats and pasta bolognese.
|Planted Grapes||Gamay (100%)|
|Production Area||766 acres|
|Wine Flavor||Fruity and generous|
|Age||Drinkable young, but can age up to 4-5 years in bottle.|
|Best Vintages||2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000|
|Food Pairings||Red meat roasts, white meats and pasta bolognese. Also pizza.|