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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • 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 ...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Well, as D said Garnacha is a good place to start. It's kind of an outlier. ... like Gamay - it's what Beaujolais is made from and there's some in CA. Maybe PN depending on how much tannin they extracted in the wine making. Grapes from cooler regions, like Zweigelt and St. Laurent, although good luck finding those in the US. Then there are some... Read More

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  • Couvent des Thorins. Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent 2010

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    Beautiful floral notes on the nose, good color, full in the mouth. This seemed a little tight upon opening, improved some over the next 30 min. or so , this would benefit with some more time in the bottle. 2 to 4 years Read More

    Wine review by ivine


  • Louis Robin Beaujolais Cuvee Reservee 2004

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    Drinking this wine in 2015 it should be too old but it was superb. Slightly past its peak but still a lovely wine to drink with mature and complex notes of strawberries, raspberries, tea and caramel. Wonderful especially with some easter lamb. Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich


  • Louis Jadot Ch des Jacques Morgon Cote de Py 2011

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    cool 1 Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Louis Jadot Ch des Jacques Morgon Cote de Py 2011

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    nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Chateau des Jacques/Louis Jadot Cote du Py Morgon 2010

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    good 1 Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, NG, nope, can't do that we already have an ... that is not always the case.Beaujolais Nouveau is one of those wines that is meant to be consumed immediately on release.  In the case of your bottle, it was made from grapes that were harvested in 2003 (probably around September), fermented, bottled and shipped from t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • Nerie,There is no life expectancy.  Most wines are intended to be enjoyed ... or worse.Good luck with the Beaujolais.  Let us know how it wa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • I am making attempt to learn about varies wines as what wines goes with what ... ... I came across a bottle Beaujolais Nouveau 2003, which prompts the question:  Is safe to open it and taste it.  Can some please help me explain the life expectancy of a bottle of wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Burgundy is a lot bigger when you add in the Maconnais, Chablis, Beaujolais.  But no one is collecting those and then cashing in at auction, save for a few top-end Chablis.  It's the Cote d'Or that folks collect, and it's long enough, but it's even narrower than the Napa Valley.  And only a little of it is grown on--not like Napa where they plan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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