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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • The last three wines I have had have all been Cru Beaujolais,a Regnie, a Julienas and a Moulin a Vent. My descriptions have all been pretty similar,plenty of blackcurrant and cherry style fruit,soft tannins and a pepper and spice taste,particularly on the finish. The Moulin a Vent was really peppery and spicy. However,back in May I was served a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Julienas Cellier de la Vielle Eglise 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5.50 from the website ... Julienas in the north of the Beaujolais region about 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru Beaujolais' appellations.Julienas is named after Julius Ceasar and viticulture goes back at least 2000 years. Like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape,a cross betwee... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Regnie Par la Cave des Grand Vins de Fleurie 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... in the north of the Beaujolais region about 15 miles south of the town of Macon. It is the youngest of the 'Cru Beaujolais' appellations within that region being created in 1988 and like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape.Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called g... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Moulin a Vent Domaine du Gueret 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... communes in the north of the Beaujolais region about 10 miles south of the town of Macon. It is one of the 10 'cru Beaujolais ' appellations within that region and like all Beaujolais it is made from the Gamay grape. Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    Fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    This wine was Fantastic!!I am searching for 2 bottles...and can't seem to find one.Heartbroken. Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Saint-Amour Ac 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ity


  • Id recommend Gamay (Beaujolais) or for the more adventorous Trousseau eg. from Philippe Bonard from Jura.  Good stuff with a highly interesting personality. Read More

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  • Well, as D said Garnacha is a good place to start. It's kind of an outlier. ... like Gamay - it's what Beaujolais is made from and there's some in CA. Maybe PN depending on how much tannin they extracted in the wine making. Grapes from cooler regions, like Zweigelt and St. Laurent, although good luck finding those in the US. Then there are some... Read More

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