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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Château de Pizay

    Since the Middle Ages the fine wines of the Château de Pizay have been appreciated by Beaujola...

  • Château De La Chaize

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008

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

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    already 'better' than the Laboure-Roi, but not easy to drink...the best part is the bottle! Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    This was the first year I was able to participate in the excitement that is Beaujolais Nouveau. I haven't been able to go to the store to select some wines myself but I was able to try a glass of this wine at a friend's house. It was served slightly chilled. I was able to pull out sweet cherry and currant tastes from this Nouveau. I was surpris... Read More

    Wine review by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    After waiting until February of this year to try last year's Beaujolais Nouveau, this year I decided to go out on release day and pick up a bottle of Nouveau. I served this wine slightly chilled. Bright purplish red color. Definite banana and tropical fruit on the nose. In the mouth I taste some raspberry and cherry. A light, easygoing wine... Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony


  • Fleurie Millesime Cave de Fleurie 2005

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    Ruby-garnet colour. Medium nose of red fruit (mainly strawberry) and vanilla. Dry with low acid and tannin, light-medium bodied. A bit short. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • It's this Thursday, after all.Who's partaking?I am. I'll post all about it.Who's a fan? Who's not? Chilled or not? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy Beaujolais Day!


  • Nouveau Fête and the Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais New York City Three different Nouveaux will be served with pâté, charcuterie, cheese and other treats at the French Institute Alliance Française's annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fête. French singer Pascalito will perform and wine writer Robert V. Camuto will sign copies of "Corkscrewed: Adventur... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Nov. 20th For Beaujolais...


  • Barton & Guestier NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Marcost


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Grand Clos de Loyse 2005

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    Wine review by ziffy


  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007

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    Wine review by westc23


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