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...

  • 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 Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Juliénas

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

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    The 2014 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau is, as usual, quite different in style from the typical (cf.Duboeuf) offering; the nose is quite dumb (mute), and on entry is more brooding and serious with dark fruit (and plum) dominant. Very smooth, but none of the tropical fruit many of you no doubt expect. Still, an easy drinking primeur with more grav... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

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    The 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau seems deeper, darker and less thin and acidic - the latter properties being largely responsible for the decline of Nouveau - until recently. The scent is of candied red fruit... with tropical notes such as ripe sweet banana. The entry is quick, slightly acidic with good fruit. Not bitter or tasting of stems this time... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Georges Duboeuf Julienas 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Who knew Peter Bagge based Buddy Bradley on our own GregT?Okay, I loved that ... ... weedy Burgundy or pallid Beaujolais, mind you.  I don't know what GregT has against Loire reds, but we'll discuss that another time over a glass of Gruner Veltliner (I know, I just wound him up again). I do want to point out a little math about the low-ETOH ar... Read More

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  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... meal, I would have Riesling, Beaujolais and CdP, which is what I think I had last year.However, if you're reading Asimov, which I would suggest you don't do, keep an eye out for his Chardonnay article. He publishes the same article every couple of years - talks ab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • DMcker, we are on exactly the same wavelength on this.  I'd divide ... divide ... he does mention Beaujolais (top red wine was actually a gamay noir from Oregon) but he specifically calls out Fiano and Falanghina.  Hmm, seems I need to be wearing my tin hat more to prevent him reading my mind.  (Did anyone else notice that he referenced red w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Must have been a friends over kind of weekend.  Had a chardonnay evening, ... pineapple) followed by the Beaujolais Blanc and Chablis.For fun we finished the evening with some Michigan Vidal Ice Win Read More

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  • Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Blanc 2011

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    Really nice chardonnay from Beaujolais. Crisp, lemony, acidic, minerally, very much like a very nice village level white Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Dominique Piron Brouilly 2011

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    Interestingly, I have not imbibed of the products of Brouilly for a couple of years. Good grog though, and this entry shows an attractive, soft plum nose with a touch of leather. Colour is Gamay red - almost black. On the palate, there is a nice Damson flavour with a hint of stem - though not intrusively bitter. Better than the last draft I ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Debeaune Morgon Belles Grives. France Beaujolais-Villages Morgon 2009

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    Decent enough entry level red. Well balanced with nice bright cherry and cranberry, decent acidity, a bit lacking in depth but overall not a bad mid-week wine. Interesting note, Jean-Claude Debeaune is the second label for George Dubeouf. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I agree, Beaujolais, has much to offer, wether it be the Noveau wines, or Morgon, Julienas, chenas, et al The Gamay grape is BEST expressed in Beaujolais. You have ther remarkably subtleness of Cote de Brouilly, and the shear bubblegumminess (Yes it is a word, I just made it up) of Beaujolais Nouveau...Favorite expressions of mine - Brouilly, Mo...

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