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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • 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 Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Domaine les Roches Bleues Cotes de Brouilly Reserve des Vieilles Vignes 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for ... ... both appellations are 'cru Beaujolais' and made from the gamay grape.My bottle comes from a small family concern and was made from 50 year old vines on the Cote de Brouilly and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of pork chop.Ther... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chiroubles Cru du Beaujolais Bernard Metrat 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... is one of the cru Beaujolais appellations located to the south of the town of Macon.The appellation was created in 1936 although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans.My bottle was made by the family concern of Bernard Metrat,consists of 100% gamay from 50 y... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cru du Beaujolais Julienas Jean-Michel Bataillard 1998

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Macon. It is one of the 'cru Beaujolais' appellations.Julienas is named after Julius Ceasar and viticulture here goes back at least 2000 years.Like all red Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. My b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Louis Jadot Moulin-À-Vent Château des Jacques Clos du Grand Carquelin Beaujolais 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gosh.  $22 is a bargain for Priorat.  Good job.So look for Montsant. ... Uruguay. Tonight it's Beaujolais thoug Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Château des Jacques 2013

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    Dark ruby in color with some garnet at the edges. Medium weight, sour cherries, tart mid palate, finishes with dried cherries and some drying tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chiroubles Lafarge Vial 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I again find myself in Switzerland/France. Did you hear they passed a new law ... am also a big fan of the cru Beaujolais. Going to try this Morgan later today.Only a few times a year I get to drink as well as you guys.  Cheer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Interesting review from Jancis Robinson on the Bera Barbaresco. Where I was ... The group was tired of the Beaujolais (plus the Bera was so much better than the immature Lannesan and the crappy Barolo) and raucously drunk at the same time. I knew if he kept serving them up they'd keep evaporating, so I told him to keep the rest for his own enj... Read More

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


  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... it zero. Did the de rigeur Beaujolais nouveau thing at a friend's place at the beginning of this weekend. Five Beaujolais nouveau, one nearby wannabe region's 'Gamay Primeur', followed by a Lanessan '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain... Read More

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


  • 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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