Beaujolais
: Viticulture

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The gobelet vine-training method is traditional in Beaujolais but in fact single guyot is much more likely in the southern Bas Beaujolais, with up to 12 buds. For Beaujolais-Villages as well as the crus, pruning methods must be much more restrained, either en gobelet or éventail (see training systems). vine density here has long been one of the highest in the world, between 9,000 and 13,000 vines per ha usually. All picking, typically in late September, has to be manual because whole bunches are needed for Beaujolais’s winemaking technique.