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...

  • 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 Emile Cheysson

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • 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...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Vierres. Georges Duboeuf 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Spicy and floral on the nose with plenty of herbal accents to the soft strawberry fruit. very broad and wide open in the mouth with raspberries and strawberries. Fruity and simple but fresh and with enough structure to remain firm in the mouth though this is a touch creamy at times. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2011

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    Spicy and a bit earthy on the nose with aromas of black grapes and jammy strawberry fruit. Light fresh and a bit dilute in the mouth with some finely ripe tannins adding a bit of mouthgrab to the easygoing cherry/strawberry flavors that pick up some earthy and vaguely herbal nuance on the backend. and through the short, somewhat sharp finish. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011

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    Great dinner/anytime wine. Bouquet: Fruity with hints of cherry. Subtle earth aromas. Palate: Medium-sweet. Slightly crisp. Somewhat smoky with hints of cherry/berries. Medium body. For the price a wonderful value. Read More

    Wine review by jhauck


  • Jadot Beaujolais Beaujolais 2008

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    Jammy with hints of plum and berries. Soft finish and tannins. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Pierre Chanau Morgon NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by scorpi


  • This collection, eclectic as it apparently is, seems to be something that rose ... term memory loss.  The Beaujolais Cru might normally be worth exploring - though  typically considered past it.  Still, an interesting experiment in brown-tinged, over-aged wine.I have seen this decrepitude in some of my own wines, so no one is immune from this ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Probably Best as Drain Cleaner


  • Georges Duboeuf Jolie Saison Gamay 2012

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    Dark fruit and sour cherry on the nose; dusty blackberry and dark cherry flavors; good structure, well-balanced but a bit tannic on the finish. Wonderful on its own, but even better with food. Read More

    Wine review by Kovas 50 States Of Wine


  • Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Vierres. Georges Duboeuf 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from my local supermarket where it was on special ... most southerly of the 'Cru Beaujolais' AOC's and is named after a hill [extinct granite volcano] called Mount Brouilly around which the grapes are grown.Another Cru Beaujolais,the Cotes de Brouilly,is an AOC where the grapes are grown on the actual slopes of thi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011

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    Very light bodied. Tart fruit, but drinkable. It was thin and bland. Read More

    Wine review by DonnaGrayson


  • Georges Duboeuf Regnie Domaine des Buyats Case Of 2011

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    With a nice scent of raspberry with a hint of banana and candy apple, this Morgon is quite on; the entry is smooth, somewhat light for the Cru, but still meaty and gritty with moderate tannin. There is raspberry and cream on the medium finish. Will age a few years, but excellent for current drinking. Good Price to Quality and far, far superio... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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