New AOC regulations for Beaujolais

Although Beaujolais producers have had the right label their wines Bourgogne since 1937, it has been a source of dispute between the two regions.

43 communes have lost the right to call their white wines AOC Bourgogne Blanc and will instead have to label whites AOC Beaujolais Blanc,. (42 communes have retained the right to label their wines AOC Bourgogne Blanc).

INAO based their decisions on which communes should be included on grounds of terroir and longevity.

Beaujolais cru villages have not been affected. Nine of the ten Beaujolais Crus ( except Regnié, because it only became a Cru in 1988) will retain the right to use the label AOC Bourgogne, with the restriction that if the wine contains more than 30% of Gamay, the label must be AOC Bourgogne Gamay (new AOC).

AOC Coteaux Bourguignon.

A new AOC Coteaux Bourguignon, will replace the existing AOC Bourgogne Grande Ordinaire over the next five years. This appellation will be open to both Burgundy and Beaujolais producers.