Brouilly is the largest of the Beaujolais crus (the individual villages in the northern part of the Beaujolais region). Its wines are the softest and least demanding of the crus, and this wine is typical. It has an enticing purple color, aromas of cherries and red currants, and open, generous flavors of strawberries. In the month when Beaujolais Nouveau 2003 will be launched, it is worth remembering that some Beaujolais is better drunk after a year's aging.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.