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2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié 'Vallières'. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / November 16, 2011)

Don't recognize the Beaujolais cru called Régnié? That's probably because it's the youngest, established only in 1988, and not as well known as Morgon or Fleury.

Vines grown in sandy soil produce a wine that's round and supple, with light, graceful tannins. Burgaud's Vallières comes from 50-year-old vines. The result is an elegant, refined Beaujolais that hints at Burgundy. Vivid and quick, it is Gamay at its best with tastes of cherries and sweet spices. And it's a terrific value.

This could be a contender for turkey day but would pair beautifully with any roast bird or pork roast. Bring it on for meatballs or for a light supper of soup and cheese.

irene.virbila@latimes.com



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Region: Beaujolais

Price: about $17 to $19

Style: refined and complex

What it goes with: roast birds, pork roast, meatballs, soups

Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; and Red Carpet Wine Merchants in Glendale, (818) 247-5544, http://www.redcarpetwine.com.