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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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...

  • 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...

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 des Duc

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • 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...

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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    2nd Beaujolais Nouveau I have had this year. Distinct tropical fruit smell on the nose and a dark purple color. Light bodied wine with a dominant banana taste and not much finish. Not as good as the Georges Duboeuf Nouveau but still very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    Served slightly chilled. Light purple in color. Banana and tropical fruit on ... I have tried less expensive Beaujolais Nouveau this year that I enjoyed mor Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    Bitter and hot with a slight carmel and cotton candy nose. A faulted wine that I would not recommend. It get worse as it evolves in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by pangkarra

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • The Thanksgiving family event always consists of a combination of family fun, ... and Thanksgiving dinner its Beaujolais.  Cote de Brouilly is one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais, and will offer fresh red berry and cherry pit aromas that are complicated by tangy minerals and a subtle spice.  A linear, brisk, classic Beaujolais that would be good... Read More

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  • Moillard Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2008


    My second Nouveau this year, served slightly chilled. A maroonish purple color. When I opened the bottle I could immediately smell the wine. The nose is an explosion of banana and tropical fruit scents. In the mouth the taste is very similar to the nose with maybe an addition of raspberry too, though banana and tropical flavors still predomi... Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • I am always amazed as to what people have on Thanksgiving. Everything from ... ... they name George DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau.. FIrst off this Beaujolais tastes what I used to have at Passover. Non vintage grape juice (AKA manischewitz).People sample the other goods out there. Grab a Seghesio Zin with your bird (WS rated it #10 wine of the... Read More

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  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    O k. SO I decide to jump in and try some of the wine available in my area. I tried subject wine and was pleased! I am by no means versed in the way to describe a wine, but I will try, so bear with me. I uncorked and let it breath in the glass for about 10-15 minutes. The aroma was very fruity with an equal amount of flowers. Tasting it I found i... Read More

    Wine review by Noddy

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Antonin Rodet 2008


    haaaa... a Beaujolais Nouveau you can have some pleasure with!nice red berries aromas, some peach and bananaintense and smoothI rank it 3 but on a Beaujolais Nouveau only rank it would be 5! Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    bitter, no intense fresh fruit flavorsreally no pleasure, even keeping mind it's a Beaujolais Nouveau Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

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