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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  • 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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • 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 du Vissoux

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Maison Coquard Saint-Amour 2011


    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


    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

  • Louis Jadot Combe Aux Jacques Beaujoulais Villages 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent. [ ... ... ] for £11.50. The Beaujolais appellation was created in 1936 for red,rose and white wines from 96 communes between the towns of Macon and Lyon. Wine from 39 of trhese communes,mainly in the north,,is allowed to be called Beaujolais Villages.My bottle is a r... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • DMC- Vaud is another great place. I love the terraced vineyards along the lake ... open as can be typical with Beaujolais, yet full favored all the way down and served its purpose with a midnight snack of Swiss cheese. Only 8.25 euro at the local marke Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • Great food. Here's hoping you have some good wine. You're near Beaujolais as well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • Can you tell us any more about your Burgundy white, Duncan? One of the more ... daily quaffers. Even their Beaujolais Nouveau was reliably good at that late date, after most everyone else was turning out mass sodapop in the face of mushrooming demand. Solid bottlings, with good QPR in those days even for their Grand Crus, but since then they'v... Read More

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

  • What's the deal with carbonic maceration? Had a Beaujolais recently that was almost certainly made that way. Lots of carbon left in the must during fermentation? How do they normally control it? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Vancouver in WA is not Vancouver in B.C., OT. I've been to the WA version ... had Gamay Noir or 'Gamay Beaujolais' several times over past decades, though those were often rolls of the dice. Assuming they're better recently though none of them make it across the Pacifi Read More

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

  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... ... a bright and fresh young Beaujolais—but nothing can awaken one’s soul like a complex and layered red whose tannins and hard edges have been melted away by time. When you encounter a wine in this truly sublime state of maturity, you recognize it immediately. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Same as Duncan's experience, had a Dornfelder that was less than pleasant, ... ... me a bit of a Nouveau Beaujolais but not as good.Although this may be very appealing to someone els Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds

  • 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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