Lying in the northwest corner of the region, Chiroubles is the highest and the coolest of the 10 Beaujolais crus. It covers 237 hectares of land and the soil is a mix of granite and sand. Gamay is the only grape grown here, producing light cherry red wines with lots of fruit, floral notes of iris and violet and good acidity. There are approximately 60 growers in the appellation. Chiroubles’ soft, delicate wines lead to the appellation being called the most Beaujolais of the Beaujolais crus.
Chiroubles are excellent picnic wines and pair very well with poultry, pork (think of Lyonnais sausages and andouillette), salads and seafood such as calamari, shrimp and Ahi Tuna. They also match soft cheeses and goat’s cheese.