The world is awaiting the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, but there’s cracking good Beaujolais of all sorts and deeper dimensions ready on your retail shelf now. Here are just a few examples, and each is well worth the few extra bucks. Santé!

Daniel Boulard 2013 Beaujolais Morgon Vieilles Vignes 13%
Broad-shouldered and seemingly full-bodied for a 13% abv Beaujolais, this wine isn’t shy with its substance. Black plums, boysenberries and red currants dance across the highly youthful palate. The tannins are light and laid-back, and the acidity is integrated. Layered with complexity, this is worth decanting. 89

Clos de la Roilette 2014 Beaujolais Fleurie 13%
Fun and lifting floral top-notes lead into a gamey and funky mid-palate. Easy-going tannins and juicy fruit flavors make this super-accessible, especially given its kind price point. Give it a decent chill and it’s even more sippable. Blackberries, boysenberries and plums dominate every angle. 87

Château de Lacarelle 2014 Beaujolais-Villages Comte Durieu de Lacarelle 12.5%
Deep ruby in color, this wine has a richly cherry fruited nose, hints of scrub bush and lavender top notes. The palate is modest in weight with caressing tannins and mouthwatering acidity. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, even if its blueberry-flavored finish is quick. This wine has energy and joyful exuberance. 89 

Domaine de Botheland (Laurence et Rémi Dufaitre) 2013 Beaujolais-Villages 12%
A bit stinky on opening, this needs a good 30 minutes to unfold into a floral and delicate wine. Pale ruby red in color, this wine shows masses of red cherries and red currants and a hint of balsamic. Vaugue sweet spice hints are followed by whiffs of fallen branches. There’s an impressive lightness to the palate with seamless tannins, lilting acidity and modest alcohol. 88