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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 Pizay

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

    Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux The art of making wine that reveals the gra...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • J.L. Quinson Beaujolais Villages 2012

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    Light and pleasant gamay, serve chilled, flavors of tart cherry and spice, nice and dry. Good value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Where are you located Stumpie?A light red (Pinot Noir, Gamay from Beaujolais) or rich white (Chardonnay) should work well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2012

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    Light, fruity, almost watery, slightly tart, not bitter. Read More

    Wine review by Maija987


  • First off, I am sorry about your loss Jon.  My father passed on many years ... Chablis) Pinot Noir or even Beaujolais Cru?Of course, aging must consider the wine, the producer, and the drinker - not necessarily in that order (probably the reverse). All the fine Cru mentioned pull at my heart strings like a harpsichordist but aging is just a fun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who says Burgundy can't age?


  • Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin-a-Vent 2011

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    This property is known for producing fruity, sensual Beaujolais and does not disappoint here: the Moulin-a-Vent has a fresh, deep crushed cherry-pomegranate nose that transitions to an elegant cherry-cream and roast poultry effect on the palate. The finish is very clean and long. A very fine wine for the price. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • The white was a hit last night. Let's see what the red has in store for us. ... Aglianico made in a fresh Beaujolais  style. Great daily drinke Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ok, here's the site: about-france.com, proffering 'French wines--a ... a light red wine known as Beaujolais that does not usually keep for very many years""Only the most experienced connaisseurs can distinguish a middling Champagne from a good crémant or Vouvray""Côtes du Rhône [and the writer basically includes Cote Rotie, Hermitage and C9dP i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • "Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rhone misses Burgundy, ... ... up after running through Beaujolais as well. There are a number of feeders and offsplits to the Rhone which I consider (yeah, not exactly a famous geographer, but...) part of the same river/drainage system (such as the big/greater and little/lesser Rhones down at the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... greater respect than, say, Beaujolais or Muscadet or Picpoul de Pinet  ;-).  Part of the problem back then was, of course, the riotous brett and other issues from relatively dirty winemaking.I've had those ethereal experiences from both Bordeaux and Burgundy (and Ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Ulysse-Jaboulet Fleurie Beaujolais Red 2011

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    Part of the Lot 18 Seasonal pack. Perhaps I just don't have the palate for this, but transparent in color, jelly rather than jam flavors, with unpleasant vinegar sides.For whatever this was a bottle, I wish I had gotten something else. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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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