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

  • 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...

  • 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 du Vissoux

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

  • 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 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...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007

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    After reading about Beaujolais I tried this vintage on a hot summer night. I did not chill it (like I should and will next time), but I did find this wine very refreshing with some real backbone too. I will be keeping a few bottles on hand for the rest of the summer months. Read More

    Wine review by vino83


  • Desvignes Morgon 2006

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    Lovely Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by drsint


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Keep in mind I am reviewing this 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau in mid 2009. Way past its prime. I picked this up as well as the 2006 from my local grocery store for the amazing price of $4.50 each. They still have plenty more. The fruit that once was in this wine has long since turned to a vinegar and water taste. I have no doubt it would have been ve... Read More

    Wine review by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar


  • Desvignes Morgon 2006

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    My goal for May has been to only drink Beaujolais - something I don't drink enough of to begin with.It's taking me some time to get used to Gamay. The juicy fruit and the floral nose are fascinating when you haven't had it in a while.This Morgon has a puzzling nose with notes of violet, tiny bits of menthol, and something I can't put a finger on... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Beaujolais-Villages la Lutine Domaine des Terres Vivantes 2007

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    Nice Beaujolais Villages wine. Uber-juicy red (almost tart) fruit and that nice violet nose. Apparently the production of this wine is all hand harvesting and natural yeasts - it also had a good amount of sediment in it. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Paul Sapin Beaujolais les Genetières Cuvée Prestige 2007

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    Fresh, juicy wine with blackberry and sugarless stewed blood plums. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid


  • Barton & Guestier NV

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    Tart and fruity. Dangerously easy to drink. Very yummy stuff. Should mention this was the 2005 vintage. I thought it might be too old but it was very good. Read More

    Wine review by 171686Headmint 171686 Headmint


  • Beaujolais-Villages 'Combe Aux Jacques' L. Jadot 2006

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    nice start, some dried fruits, table wine Read More

    Wine review by Jermzzy


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Really light and strawberry like. Fruitier than some of the other Georges Duboeuf's I have had before without being too much like a fruit juice. Perfect for summer. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


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