7 Top-Rated 2016 & 2017 Beaujolais Wines

“The Beaujolais is coming of age…Every year, their ranks are swelling,” says William Kelley in his latest report, the most extensive ever published by The Wine Advocate, featuring 600 tasting notes. “In short, there has never been a better time for consumers to discover the wines of this underrated region.” 

The time is now to take Beaujolais seriously. Here, the top-rated wines from Kelley’s findings, all rated 96 points and higher. 

“A blend of Dupperay's two parcels in Les Moriers and La Chapelle des Bois, the 2015 Fleurie is, if anything, more profound and slowly unfurls with aeration to reveal aromas of black raspberries, rose petals, licorice and Griotte cherry.”

“It's thrilling to think how this wine will taste in ten years' time.”

“On the palate, it's full-bodied, multidimensional and immensely concentrated, with fine tannins, tangy acids and an incredibly long finish.”

“Quite how Dutraive was able to produce a wine of this quality in hail-ravaged 2017 may always remain a mystery.”

“This is an immensely good young Morgon.”

“To attempt to parse its components—acid, tannin, fruit—is almost impossible, such is the wine's effortlessness and harmony.”

“It's a thrilling Fleurie that handles this atypically warm, dry vintage very well.”

Want to learn more about wine? Follow Robert Parker Wine Advocate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

More articles from this author