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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • 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...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Isn't Beaujolais Gamay? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Red. Read More

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  • So if you liked that Beaujolais, I would encourage you to look for some others. That was a village wine, which means it could be blended from several places. There are 10 specific regions in Beaujolais, called "crus" and they're planning to map out further details in the near future. That's of questionable value - some people say it's of the utm... Read More

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  • Hello guys and thank you for your kind words. Hope everyone had a wonderful ... I had the Louis Jadot 2014 Beaujolais -Villages and I wanted to tell you all what I thought of it . It was a very transparent raspberry color I could see right through .The thin legs were slow forming and slow to fall , a full body I think. The aroma was of strawbe... Read More

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  • Guess where I went today guys .... Yep , I made my pilgrimage to Total Wine ! I ... as follows- Louis Jadot 2014 Beaujolais-Villages , A to Z 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir , La Rocas Garnacha De San Alejandro 2013 from Spain , Chateau Ste. Michelle Cab Sav 2013 and lastly Signaroues ( I may have misspelled that ) 2013 Cotes de Rhone Villages Pierre He... Read More

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  • Here's a mixed 6 pack that you could have delivered to your door, tax and ...-beaujolais-villages/p/2555750?s=1114&igrules=true Read More

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  • Can't help but think Duboeuf has gone down in quality over the years, ... ... ... Burgundy who has been in Beaujolais since '08, has 4 different wines from Moulin-a-ven Read More

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  • JD - if you want to understand the different terroirs, one of the best things ... ... Duboeuf. He understands Beaujolais better than anyone and the wines are inexpensive. Have some friends over and drink them side by side.Some of the crus are kind of pointless if you ask me, but they exist, so what can you do. From a good producer, the wines ... Read More

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  • Julien Sunier Beaujolais Cru Regnie 2013


    a fantastically delicate, floral and enticing beauty with brushes of dark cherry and raspberry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Looking good OTDave, have to say yet again that sounds like an impressive ... ... ... followed by the Cru Beaujolais and Malbec was more than plent Read More

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  • I have had several of the 'cru' Beaujolais and there, are differences between the different 'crus ' and between different producers. The Morgon from Domaine Eric Morin is full-bodied and has a pepper or spice taste on the finish while the Herve Varenne negociant version is very fruity but more delicate and subtle. The best one I had more recentl... Read More

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