Beaujolais at Its Best

We have a soft spot in our hearts for Beaujolais Crus wines. They’re always overshadowed by their flashy younger sister, Beaujolais Nouveau. We become annoyed when people confuse Beaujolais Nouveau with Beaujolais Crus and don’t give either a chance. Beaujolais Nouveau is like the bright holiday sweater you bring out for the season to have some fun; Beaujolais Cru is the fine cashmere you wear year-round. They both have their place…and style. Just don’t let anyone confuse them.

There are some many fine Beaujolais wines from the ten cru regions From north to south, each has its own subtle style: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Many call them the gems of the appellation. So, we always wondered why the intense push to celebrate the release of the Nouveau received all bling. Well, they have their place at the table at different occasions.
For a “personality analysis” of each Beaujolais Cru check out this article from VinePair which also includes this helpful map:


This map is from the website VinePair, a great online resource.
This map is from the website VINEPAIR.COM, a great online resource.


Cyril Chirouze oversees winemaking at historic Château Des Jacques, located in the villages of Romaneche-Thorins in the Moulin-a-Vent appellation.  The winery, now under the management of Maison Louis Jadot, focuses on traditional Burgundian methods of wine making: longer maceration, wild yeast fermentation, and aging in oak barrels for ten months to add complexity.
Cyril Chirouze
Recently we dined with Cyril in New York at DB Bistro Moderne and tasted a preview of a few Château des Jacques 2015 releases. The wines were elegant, and Cyril was eloquent on the subject. He joins us May 31.

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Wine Up Wednesday at The Connected Table LIVE Nov 25 with Beaujolais Vintner Caroline von Klitzing and Educator/Entrepreneur Josh Wesson

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We’re hosting our third Thanksgiving at Camp David here in the Hudson Valley. Last week Nathalie Dupree shared her time-tested tips for entertaining a group. 1. Take control and have specific seating times and limited “drinks time” 2. Stay organized with a flow chart 3. Two smaller roasted -not brined- turkeys in the oven are better than big one.

Here’s the link to last week’s show  with Nathalie  which also featured Hervé Deschamps Chef de Cave and Cellarmaster for Champagne Perrier-Jouët who is only one of seven to hold this position in the company’s 200+ year old history.

Melanie attended Citymeals-on-Wheels 29th Annual Power Lunch for Women at The Plaza Hotel November 20th attended by more than 350 women including many in our industry. This year’s lunch raised $1.2 million to help feed NYC’s home bound elderly. 100% of contributions go toward meals. Congratulations to Citymeals’ Fearless, Fabulous Founder Gael Greene. Here’s a link to our Connected Table show with Gael. To support Citymeals and make sure NYC’s most frail residents receive the nourishment they need, please visit

Chateau de la Chaize is located in Brouilly, France
Chateau de la Chaize is located in Brouilly, France

This week’s show visits Beaujolais which celebrated the annual arrival of Nouveau November 19 at one minute past midnight. Due to a schedule change last week we are spotlighting the region this Wednesday. Joining us is Caroline Von Klitzing (née de Roussy de Sales), owner of Château de la Chaize in Brouilly, one of the oldest and most historic estates in Beaujolais.

Caroline von Klitzing, Chateau de la Chaize
Caroline von Klitzing, Chateau de la Chaize

Our longtime friend in the wine world, Josh Wesson takes a break from helping out during the last minute Thanksgiving rush at his Upper West Side store, Best Bottles to share some of the latest projects he’s working on. Josh always has an anecdote or two up his sleeve.

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