Beaujolais Wine


Beaujolais lies roughly in the southeast quarter of France, between Burgundy to the north and the Rhone to the south. It is very close to the city of Lyon, which during the late middle ages was home to many silk merchants. For a while Beaujolais itself was also a famous textile center. Its name comes from the house of Beaujeu, a noble family of the region first mentioned in the 900s.

Prior to becoming a textile center however, the Beaujolais region was a wine-producing area. Vineyards have been found that date to Roman times. From that point through most of the middle ages, gamay and pinot noir were planted throughout the Beaujolais and Burgundy areas. Gamay produced larger grapes and some people felt that it also produced a less concentrated wine. Therefore, in 1395 Phillip the Bold of Burgundy decreed that only pinot noir was to be planted in Burgundy and the gamay vines were to be pulled out. Because the Beaujolais region was not under his authority, the gamay was left alone there Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Beaujolais

  • Brouilly

      Brouilly is the largest of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the others, it is located on the h...

  • Saint-amour

    Local lore suggest that this region was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted t...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of young, fresh wine produced in the Beaujolais region, adjacent ...

  • Beaujolais-villages

      Beaujolais-Villages comes from the higher-quality vineyards in the hilly, northern part of...

  • Beaujolais-villages Nouveau

Popular Wineries in Beaujolais View all

  • Château De La Chaize

    In 1667 François de La Chaize d'Aix, Captain of the Lyon Regiment, and later Seneschal of Lyon, p...

  • Domaine des Duc

    The vines here flourish on the steep, well-exposed slopes of Mont Brouilly. The terroir is uniqu...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

    The vines for the most widespread of the Beaujolais Crus form a skirt around the foot of Mont Bro...

  • Château de Juliénas

    In the 13th century, on the site of today's castle stood a fortified house belonging to the lord ...

  • Château de Pizay

    Since the Middle Ages the fine wines of the Château de Pizay have been appreciated by Beaujola...

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

    Our estate covers a surface area of 8.40Ha (nearly 21 acres) of Fleurie and Chiroubles appellatio...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Over the years I have posted here on Snooth about wines that my brother-in-law ... Right down the drain.2001 Beaujolais--I was actually able to take a sip of this wine before I poured it down the drain.2011 New Zealand Pinot Noir--Getting better.  I drank an entire glass telling myself that it was drinkable.  Then, I asked myself, "Why?"  I du... Read More

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  • Lucien Lardy Mouin a Vent les Thorins 2015


    The Lucien Lardy Moulin-a-Vent exudes a scent of brussels sprouts and light red fruit .. not unexpected from this powerful wine type (explanation deleted here). Some celery, mixed rather interestingly with cherry on the palate. The wine shows a bit of aging, but critics miss the mark; this wine could go on for 5-7 years easily. So much for pai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I am blessed with a broad palate, I suppose. I can enjoy the fruity Cali pinot ... budget with the exception of beaujolais. I do believe there are some more restrained wines made in California. Perhaps Rhy or Merry Edwards but others here are more informed about those wines than Read More

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  • Perhaps due to embarassment.  My most recent taste was a Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.  Actually, if you like a dry wine that strangely resembles a (faux) tropical fruit Lifesaver candy, it's the ticket..  But seriously, for once a year, I rather enjoy it... it is a very good wine for a British-style winebar - especially in late autumn around the tim... Read More

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  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018


    For Beaujolais Nouveau, we have a decent, well-made primeur - one with lots of tropical fruit such as banana, papaya and mango on the nose. Banana predominates on entry as well, with a hint of tannin (stem). A great quaffing wine for celebrating any vintage. Better than average, if a bit overpriced. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Domaine des Versauds Morgon 2015


    Dark fruited with medium acidity with lots of tannin on the finish. I've never seen a gamay wine this dark. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Domaine de la Cour Profonde Morgon 2002


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... second largest of the 'Cru Beaujolais' and like all Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle comes from a small producer in this area.I started my bottle last night with my supper of meat pie.It ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Saint Amour Jean-Claude Dufour 1998


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... This is in the Beaujolais region about eight miles south of the town of Macon and is one of the Cru Beaujolais appellations.The name is derived from that of a Roman soldier who became one of the early Christian matrys Saint Ameteur,and because of this name around 25% of sales take place ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Fleurie Cave des Grands Vins de Fleurie 2002


    I bought a magnum bottle of this wine from the website ... Macon.It is one of the Cru Beaujolais and like all red Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape, a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.Some beleive that Fleurie takes its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the Cave des ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • OK Emark, I don a humble hood and hang my head in shame!But what is the ... a ... a silk center and a lot of Beaujolais went to Lyon as bistro wine. But some producers did not do the light, fruity stuff and their wines were always known for being serious wines.Barrios - Edward Gibbons "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is a start. It's... Read More

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  • I agree, Beaujolais, has much to offer, wether it be the Noveau wines, or Morgon, Julienas, chenas, et al The Gamay grape is BEST expressed in Beaujolais. You have ther remarkably subtleness of Cote de Brouilly, and the shear bubblegumminess (Yes it is a word, I just made it up) of Beaujolais Nouveau...Favorite expressions of mine - Brouilly, Mo...

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