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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Debeaune Morgon Belles Grives. France Beaujolais-Villages Morgon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    PnP wine was light in weight and pretty grapey. Moderate acidity balances it followed by some very light tannins. Not impressed, will give it a day.Second day it was a totally different wine. Almost no fruit on the front with very notable acid and the tannins were much stronger. Wish I had caught it some where in the middle. Would suggest a good... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2016

    Snoothrank:

    As far as Nouveau goes, Mommessin usually makes for heartier fare; the fruit is deeper, less candied and refined - yet totally a product of maceration carbonique - with candy floss, hard (red) candy apple and banana on the nose with that Gamay cherry poking through as well. Very grapey finish - as it should be - with easy drinking, post-harvest ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Could it be that Beaujolais Nouveau gave it a bad name? We used to have one sip for fun then break out something else. Read More

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  • JD-  Yes!!! Thanks for reminding me that I love Cru Beaujolais. Used to drink them more when they were dirt cheap. 1983 was an outstanding year and those lasted for several years. My only problem is that when I find them here they are often expensive enough so that I have a lot of other choices. Let's face it, a wine like that while perfectly go... Read More

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  • BLM, I was basically wondering about distance of shots, and I think the stories ... ... of hunting aficionados...Beaujolais is basically the closest thing to Burg that's not PN. Really hit and miss in what's available on the market, though, unless you're in France. I was drinking there from the late ''70s and nouveau was a different animal then... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Maison Coquard Saint-Amour 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Amour Bellvue.This is in the Beaujolais region about eight miles south of the town of Macon and it is one of the 'cru ' Beaujolais appellations.The name is actually derived from that of a Roman soldier who became one of the early Christian matrys,Saint Ameteur, and because of this name around 25... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... 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 gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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