The Saint-Amour appellation is part of the Beaujolais wine area. It is located in the Northern part of Beaujolais area. The vineyard covers about 3.5 square kilometers of primary crystalline land and produces 1,630,000 liters of high-quality red wines, annually.
The landscape of Saint-Amour appellation has more elevation than in the south of area. The clay loam soils made up mainly of schist and granite are complemented by smaller amounts of limestone. These lightly combined soils are often credited with contributing to the minerality that marks the wines of Saint-Amour as a unique wine.
The climate is subject to three influences as for the AOC Beaujolais area. From the Gamay grape variety, two types of wine are produced according to the vilification used (short or long maceration): powerful, bold and robust wines with aromas of morello cherry and spice; in addition to, especially tender, typical and complex crus, with a ruby color with aromas of red fruits, peony and peach.
Saint-Amour’s vineyards are also producing a large quantity of white wine! Mostly from Chardonnay and Aligote grapes, but under appellation laws they must be labeled under the more-generic Beaujolais Blanc designation, or under the Saint-Veran appellation that has overlap with Saint-Amour, slightly.
A part of important features of Saint-Amour appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Sand, crystalline and clay loam.
- Taste: Balanced, powerful, bold and robust.
- Wine color: Red wine.
- Aromas: morello cherry and spice and red fruits such as peony and peach.
- Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C