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Beaujolais Blanc is the appellation for white wines from across the Beaujolais region of eastern France. The best of these wines come from the north of the region, where the hillside terroirs offer limestone-rich clay soils and vineyards with southerly orientations, bringing ripeness and a certain complexity to the wines.
White wines represent less than a quarter of all Beaujolais wines. These are based almost entirely on Chardonnay, Burgundy's most popular white wine grape by far. The Aligote variety was once also used in these wines, but the ever-increasing global popularity of Chardonnay has led to Aligote being cut out almost entirely from Beaujolais vineyards.
Beaujolais Blanc wines are similar to those of the Maconnais white wine appellations of Macon-Villages and Saint-Veran. The temperate climate and the presence of limestone soils in the north mean that the wines develop floral notes and flavors of stone fruit, taking on a slightly honeyed nuttiness with age. Beaujolais Blanc is not a style that is designed for long cellaring and most of these wines are best consumed within a few years of vintage.