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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • 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...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

    I’m stated my job in 1989, after obtaining my diploma in oenology and wine-growing. My estate is...

  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by Peacefrog


  • Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2006

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    This wine needed to breathe quite a bit. The first hour it seemed disjointed (my wife described it as "unfinished"). Afterwards, things seemed to change and it became more Morgon-ish. Good balance with that uber-juicy fruit, peach, and violets/floral.Ah, and I just noticed this was a Lynch wine. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Domaine des Terres Dorees Chardonnay Beaujolais 2007

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    a wonderful chardonnay with a nose that reminded me of a cream pie with a dash of lemon-lime and soft apple and pear. The body is medium and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Beaujolais-Villages Jean-Paul Sellès Appelation B-V Controlée 2005

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    Appearance: Intense red with a brick-orange disk. Tears take a while to form, ... ... light, very fruity (very beaujolais). At once we are dominated by the cherry smell. It gets a little jammy, then finally a light tobacco scent.Taste: A little too acid but has a great bitterness. It is soft in the mouth. Cherries are still present, though ver... Read More

    Wine review by guilly94


  • Jean-Paul Selles Côtes du Rhône 2005

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    Appearance: Red - ruby. Tears are thin, close and form fast.Smell: ... Selles ... ... Selles is located in the Beaujolais area in Burgundy, but this is a Côtes du Rhône.Overall: It's an obvious wine, and frankly, not the best côtes du rhône. It cannot age any longer, it's downhill from here o Read More

    Wine review by guilly94


  • 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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    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


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