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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • 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...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Light bodied and fruity with lots of acidity. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Oh, man, OT, you beat me to it.  I saw this on my phone where I can't ... ... it like it's Noveau Beaujolais? (Okay, small exaggeration.)I know someone whose spouse is pretty high up at TWG.  My acquaintance told me they went to the holiday party and one of the other executives said he worked there so he didn't have to drink their wine.  (In ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Crafty


  • Little known by most wine consumers, Saint Bris is an unusual wine that seems ... Gamay is the key grape in Beaujolais.Tucked away in the far north of Bourgogne in close proximity to Chablis, Saint Bris is the only AOP in Bourgogne where Sauvignon Blanc may be grown. And it is fascinating to learn that the soils in Saint Bris are nearly identi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Saint Bris - A most unusual...


  • Banana !  That's what was in the back of my mind with that Beaujolais ! It didnt hit me till I read what you said FOX , but there it is. Maybe I didnt pick up on it because it seemed so out of place for me in a glass of red wine but that must have been what was nagging at me. My son and I loved the new Sherlock movie. We missed it on PBS so we h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • If I had only those options, I'd probably let the human race go to hell. ... only became associated with Beaujolais because of the Beaujolais nouveau, which quite by accident became a bit of a craze for a while.That nouveau was never supposed to be anything special - it was made to be consumed in the bistros of Lyon for the most part, and quic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I'm really enjoying the tasting notes, too.  I think Red has a style ... ... gamay is the grape of Beaujolais (except for the tiny bit of white, which uses Chardonnay and/or Aligote), but there's something else that sets Beaujolais apart, and that's their unusual fermentation technique, called carbonic maceration.  It's used elsewhere, but no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I was just thinking it was about time we heard from you Red ; )Beajolais and ... ... To get the more complex Beaujolais, definitely look to the Cru's like Fleurie and Morgon, they should have some at Total Win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello guys, I didnt fall off of the earth, I'm still here :) Its been busy ... ... !!! Oh and yes DV , that Beaujolais was 100% Gamay. And EMARK , I love your strait forward style, dont change a thing. Remember, I`m just telling it like I see it and I`m coming from a place of not knowing what I`m talking about really as I am a baby in this pro... Read More

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  • So some of those places are near Madrid but it's pretty exhausting getting ... for example, you can reach Beaujolais quickly and it's friendly and cheap. And Lyon itself is home to fantastic restaurants- traditionally the best chefs from France came from the region where they learned to cook in the little kitchens of their mothers - there are ... Read More

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  • Beaujolais (from the Gamay grape) is definitely a different experience altogether, good that you have that under your belt Red. Trust that there are better examples at similar price points...it's really an interesting region with some great values. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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