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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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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • 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

  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as well). Morgon is allowed to grow about 3 or 4 whites though (Chardonnay, Aligote and maybe Pinot Gris).Pouilly Fume (Loire Valley... Read More

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  • Another Morgon from a good vintage with less than stellar results. Actually, ... to be as good as it gets for Beaujolais. Keep trying different producers I suppose. Read More

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  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... in the Loire valley and in Beaujolais.Not all Burgundies are horrendously expensive.The Cotes de Beaune is cheaper,as a rule, than the Cotes de Nuits and the Cotes de Chalonaise and Cotes de Maconais cheaper still.There are also some nice reds at good value prices in... Read More

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  • Good description of a Duboeuf, aOa.Back when I started drinking Beaujolais, Georges was trying hard and they were not just reliable and good value, but more. He's done as much as anybody to raise levels in Beaujolais over the past few decades. Early '80s even his nouveaus were quite good. Then economic factors took over, and over the next decade... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Thanks so much for all the commentary. Very interesting to get different ... ... shop and pick out another Beaujolais. Will need to get some decent glassware though. I don't like my current glasses. It's all in storage and not suitable for red win Read More

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  • Cluny was the richest and most powerful monastic house in Europe from the end ... to understand the area from Beaujolais up to Chablis so many headaches.... Ordinarily, a post like this would be a thread killer. Somehow I think this river of wine reports started by OT, which has become the longest running thread in Snooth history, will survive... Read More

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  • Thanks so much for the response. However, not quite the answer I was hoping ... bad place to start. I choose Beaujolais because it's fairly small compared to Burgundy, Bordeaux and other regions. With time, I should be able to wrap my head around the region and Gamay. My first bottle was a Morgon Jean Paul Brun. My friends and I enjoyed it ver... Read More

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  • You got it - the terms are loosely thrown around and you're supposed to use ... good choice to start with Beaujolais as well. Prices are great and it's a very good intro to terroir. Find wines from the same producer and taste his or her  various crus side by side. Do it with a few producers and see if you can distinguish one cru from another. T... Read More

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  • I've been watching some YouTube videos of Sommeliers participating in a ... starting in the old world: Beaujolais, France. My intention is to hop around from appellation to appellation and build a wine memory of those regions. I am writing down my descriptions of the wine to develop a palate memory. A system would help to build some consistenc... Read More

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  • This afternoon was this:Laman Blanco Joven Airén NV (SnoothRank: ... was Coq au Vin; Bourgogne or Beaujolais. So, what are your criteria for wines and cookin Read More

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