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

  • 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...

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • 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 ...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2012

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    Light and fruity, this neither defied nor exceeded expectations. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Flower Label 1986

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • Duboeuf Nouveau 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • How disappointing, Czarina.  I am the guy, here, who is not that sensitive ... ... funny that you mention Beaujolais, though.  I had a Chanrion Cote-de-Brouilly, last night with my grilled tuna sandwich.  From my perspective it was OK, but I'm guessing that this is more the type of wine that you seek.  At $20, it was pretty easy on the wallet.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle ... ... like Pinot Noir, Cru Beaujolais and a couple of Chianti Classico Riservas like Monsant Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • Chanrion Cote de Brouilly 2011

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    Interesting introduction to the palate. It does not blow me away with fruit flavors, but, rather, suggests tart raspberry or black cherry hints. Some tannic puckeriness. Some spiceclove/nutmeghints. Not terribly full-bodied at all. Not a bad sipping wine, but, actually,better with something solid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Vielles Vignes 2011

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    I'm struggling with why I am not overwhelmed by this wine, its just not...well.....there is a bitterness that bites at me and its not the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the ... volcanic hills of the Haut-Beaujolais, and the western edge of the Massif Central (Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Cornas) — give the best Muscadets their ethereal, palate-exciting minerality when young, and the acidity and structure necessary to evolve into wines of great... Read More

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


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Red 2013

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    Medium-bodied, medium to low tannins, light acid, sweet nose - strawberries, red cherries. Soft wine, low acid - sweet with a peppery/spicy finish. Very drinkable wine, goes great with most things, particularly marinara-based pasta/ eggplant parmesan. Better wines out there for the price, but I would serve this to guests. Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • 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


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