Beaujolais Wine


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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  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • 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...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Oh, you can't leave us there, GdP.  You tasted "several dozen ... that.  My idea of what Beaujolais ought to be--fun, fruit up front, sneaky tannins at most.  I liked it a lot more than Beaujolais I have had.  Went great with roasted chicken.And just slipping this in:  We're back in the house.  Work still going on around us, but at least we on... Read More

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  • 2015 Bedrock Zinfandel Nouveau Esola Vyd Amador County Was able to source ... ... with a bitter note. Very Beaujolais-like which obviously is their intent. I can see why they are doing this as a by-the-glass wine as it would be a perfect aperitif but lacks the complexity to be paired with a meal.&nbs Read More

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  • Well said Dave,I'm definitely targeting lower price points and areas that ... under the radar producers. Beaujolais too.I am mixing in Oregon, though generally not enjoying it as much. So far Cameron and Amalie Robert are favorites. However, if I were to do a barrel project, Oregon would be the first place I'd look a Read More

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  • OK, this is the Beaujolais that I bought at Costco (for about $15) that Jon wanted to hear my report. Not very impressive.Pretty much all the things that are bad about California Pinot Noir are bad about this wine.  Nose of strawberry.  Heavy hit of cherry syrup on the tip of the tongue.  As the wine passes through the mid- rear palate a lot of ... Read More

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  • Vaucher Pere & Fils Cru du Beaujolais Fleurie 2014


    Lots of light showing through red ruby color. Nose of red berriesmostly strawberries. More of a cherry flavor on the tongue. However, there is also very obvious effervescence here. I could not discern bubbles in the glass, but the mouth sensation is the same. Roughly the same body as a good rosé. Unfortunate bitterness as the wine passes t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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


    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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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