Beaujolais Cru is the northernmost appellation of Beaujolais, located close to the Maconnais border. Made up of 10 separate areas in the foothills of the Monts du Beaujolais, this appellation produces some of the region's best-quality wines. Unlike the early drinking style produced in much of Beaujolais, these wines are made to be cellared. Their ageing potential can be anywhere from three to fifteen years (or more), depending on the style and sub-region of a particular wine.
Because the wines of Beaujolais Cru are both different in style and of a higher quality than is generally associated with the region, most producers shy away from overt references to the generic title, choosing instead to use the name of a particular cru.