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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • 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...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Georges Duboeuf Morgon 2011

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    Less beefy than the house bottling this none the less shows some bloody, meaty aromas paired with chamomile and dried herb aromas over a base of wild berry fruits. A bit blocky in the mouth, this has bright acidity adding a soft orange rind cast the the wild strawberry fruits on the palate and the tannins still show a bit of firmness warranting ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Morgon 2011

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    Decidedly beefy on the nose with earthy and autumnal accents to the dark cherry berry fruit. Moderately rich on entry this shows off attractive structure supporting slightly chewy mineral flecked dark berry fruits. Theres a late arriving beefy note along with some dried strawberry and nuanced dried herb flavors on the backend that turn a bit flo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2011

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    Bright thistle, rose petal and soil tones frame an attractive core of red fruit. Showing a little power and depth on the palate this has a fair amount of fruit tannin supporting bright and fresh red cherry and blue fruit flavors that are framed with hints of sweet herbs and a little mineral edge that drives the fairly long and focused finish. pe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles 2011

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    Rather focused on the nose with a hint of pork fat picking up lavender and provencal spice notes layered over grapy fruit with a hint of thistle adding some astringency to the nose. Supple and fairly rich on entry, theres hint of blue fruit here and the spice of the nose falls mostly to the rar of the mouth where a little dusty earthy tones help... 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


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Combe-Aux-Jacques 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

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  • 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


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