Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

    I’m stated my job in 1989, after obtaining my diploma in oenology and wine-growing. My estate is...

  • Château de Juliénas

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Had some Beaujolais Blanc last night that an experienced wine person was pouring. We both thought it bitterly funky with maybe some aligote in it. Went and checked the AOC regs to be sure and, as I remembered, only chard can be used in Beaujolais for whites. Interestingly enough it's OK to include aligote and melon de bourgogne (muscadet) in the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Michel Tete Julienas Cuvee Prestige Domaine du Clos du Fief 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Maison l'Envoye Fleurie 2013

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    what a gem! finally I found a french burgundy under $15 that should be $100 a bottle or more. what a smooth, fruity ( but not overwhelming) clean and boisterous wine. I'm racing back to get the other bottles off the bargain rack and into my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2015

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    floral nose; intense black fruits, rich, and super long finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Olivier Merlin Moulin à Vent la Rochelle Moulin a Vent 2009

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... communes in the north of the Beaujolais region about 10 miles south of the town of Macon. It is one of the 10 'cru Beaujolais' appellations within that region and like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape. Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introdu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... des ... des Terres Dorées, Beaujolais; Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais; Franck Peillot, Bugey; Cristelle Renardat, Bugey; Julien Ilbert, Chateau Combel-la-Serre, Cahors; Dominik Sona, Koehler-Ruprecht, Pfalz; Gernot Kolman, Immich-Batterieberg, Mosel; Theo Zierock, Foradori, Tr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Haven't posted on wine excesses in awhile so here goes. Sorry, JD, no ... ... a good year in Burgundy and Beaujolais (although '10 and '12 tend to get more recognition I like '11 and particularly '09). From it (and the '14), well above average, extremely enjoyable wine, and none of it break-the-bank stuff. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... ... the big fuss about Beaujolais Nouveau.5. Georgia: Lagvinari (Winemaker is a doctor-turned-geologist-turned-winemaker and his first vintage was made alongside an MW.)6. Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I bought the Parallel 39 for about $15. Here are my notes: very, very berry on ... like and smell memories of a Beaujolais got me worried what was to come next but it was a mini-explosion of flavor-- almost Bordeaux like--  and then back to the cheap berry taste.  WTF? Overall very pleasant , but totally unexpected. Drunk with venison fillets ... Read More

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  • I always detect a little banana when the wine went through carbonic ... So, virtually all Beaujolais, some CdP, and scattered other things will have it.  I love bananas and variations, but don't really like it that much in my red wine, so I try to avoid those CdPs that use it, even in only part of the blend. It was kind of a fad that seems to b... 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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