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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • 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

  • Fun old thread.But as to Snoother 1689608, well, pretty much everything was ... ... everyday wines and young Beaujolais), a really good one 7-10 years, and the finest may last 30 years. After that the corks should be replaced by new ones.As OT already pointed out, there’s TCA and age have nothing to do with each other.But what does a "single v... Read More

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  • As a wine collector  for 50 years with over 2,000 bottles in my cellar, ... ... everyday wines and young Beaujolais), a really good one 7-10 years, and the finest may last 30 years. After that the corks should be replaced by new ones.I found 24 half bottles of 1961 - (^) Ch la Lagune one of the greatest vintages eve, and 1970, Ch Kirwan and Ly... Read More

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  • I have been a bit disconnected from the fraternity/sorority of late, but wonder about some of your locations. I had heard about a move, but are you (Greg T) now out west (which, as we know, is the best...)?This may make a winter trip easier, e.g....Z. Read More

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  • Jon - the place is available, albeit sparsely furnished. But I have plenty of glasses and I've done that tasting many times. Not actually w Dubouef, but with wines from the various crus. It's usually interesting and informative and I have yet to ID each one with 100 pct accuracy, so until I can do that, I want to keep trying.I can scrounge some ... Read More

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  • See if you can find Chiroubles or Morgon from Eric Morin because he is also a ... also a good producer of Cro Beaujolais in my experien Read More

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  • Jon - I wouldn't necessarily condemn Duboeuf either. He's kind of a ... ... often similar to young Beaujolais. There are people who make more "serious" wine with carbonic maceration as well - they do it because they want to preserve the fruit aromas and flavors.In any event Melissa, Beaujolais being what it is, finding good bottles in the US ... Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages Combe Aux Jacques 2012

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    wonderfully crisp and tart, yet pleasant throughout the palate. very drinkable and soon one is farther into the bottle than intended. Read More

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  • That would indeed be a fun way to taste for terroir Greg, we need to talk about tasting dates for 2015.Have a wine friend from the Netherlands coming to San Diego in April, and thought of your place as a possibility for hosting. Normally, this wouldn't work out so well as he is a Burgundy nut, but he also happens to be the biggest champion of To... Read More

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  • Rodet used to do decent nouveau, but I haven't had any nouveau from any negociant or vintner since the '90s. I entered one of those 'over it' states by the latter half of that decade.Lots of good Crus, and I often drink Morgon.My experience with Duboeuf's irregularity is similar to JD's, though perhaps his stay-away warning can best be applied t... Read More

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  • JB, I'd like to hear some of your recommendations (if any) for Beaujolais Nouveau.   I understand that the Nouveau is released early, with very little aging so as to show off the fruit. I've tried the Duboeuf and just didn't care for the sweetness. I haven't gone back to try any others. Gamay seems to be an acquired taste. It appears to me based... 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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