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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

    Our estate covers a surface area of 8.40Ha (nearly 21 acres) of Fleurie and Chiroubles appellatio...

  • 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 Emile Cheysson

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as ... All of those are crus in the Beaujolais region. The grape variety (varietal is an adjective) is going to be Gamay or Chardonnay. So all of them will be the same. The differences between them depend on the producer and to some degree the characteristics of the par... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • The Insignia was drinkable and fun.  Only b-i-l tried it with me. ... guest brought a Beaujolais Nouveau.  That is his Thanksgiving tradition.  I had a glass, but I can't say that I've ever cared for BN.  All told, I think four or five bottles of Chardonnay were emptied.  I agree that matching a Thanksgiving meal with a single wine is futile.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be ... ... ... bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

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    The 2014 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau is, as usual, quite different in style from the typical (cf.Duboeuf) offering; the nose is quite dumb (mute), and on entry is more brooding and serious with dark fruit (and plum) dominant. Very smooth, but none of the tropical fruit many of you no doubt expect. Still, an easy drinking primeur with more grav... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2014

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    The 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau seems deeper, darker and less thin and acidic - the latter properties being largely responsible for the decline of Nouveau - until recently. The scent is of candied red fruit... with tropical notes such as ripe sweet banana. The entry is quick, slightly acidic with good fruit. Not bitter or tasting of stems this time... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Georges Duboeuf Julienas 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Who knew Peter Bagge based Buddy Bradley on our own GregT?Okay, I loved that ... ... weedy Burgundy or pallid Beaujolais, mind you.  I don't know what GregT has against Loire reds, but we'll discuss that another time over a glass of Gruner Veltliner (I know, I just wound him up again). I do want to point out a little math about the low-ETOH ar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... meal, I would have Riesling, Beaujolais and CdP, which is what I think I had last year.However, if you're reading Asimov, which I would suggest you don't do, keep an eye out for his Chardonnay article. He publishes the same article every couple of years - talks ab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • DMcker, we are on exactly the same wavelength on this.  I'd divide ... divide ... he does mention Beaujolais (top red wine was actually a gamay noir from Oregon) but he specifically calls out Fiano and Falanghina.  Hmm, seems I need to be wearing my tin hat more to prevent him reading my mind.  (Did anyone else notice that he referenced red w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


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