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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • 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

  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the ... volcanic hills of the Haut-Beaujolais, and the western edge of the Massif Central (Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Cornas) — give the best Muscadets their ethereal, palate-exciting minerality when young, and the acidity and structure necessary to evolve into wines of great... Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Red 2013


    Medium-bodied, medium to low tannins, light acid, sweet nose - strawberries, red cherries. Soft wine, low acid - sweet with a peppery/spicy finish. Very drinkable wine, goes great with most things, particularly marinara-based pasta/ eggplant parmesan. Better wines out there for the price, but I would serve this to guests. Read More

    Wine review by laebrown

  • J.L. Quinson Beaujolais Villages 2012


    Light and pleasant gamay, serve chilled, flavors of tart cherry and spice, nice and dry. Good value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Where are you located Stumpie?A light red (Pinot Noir, Gamay from Beaujolais) or rich white (Chardonnay) should work well. Read More

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  • Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2012


    Light, fruity, almost watery, slightly tart, not bitter. Read More

    Wine review by Maija987

  • First off, I am sorry about your loss Jon.  My father passed on many years ... Chablis) Pinot Noir or even Beaujolais Cru?Of course, aging must consider the wine, the producer, and the drinker - not necessarily in that order (probably the reverse). All the fine Cru mentioned pull at my heart strings like a harpsichordist but aging is just a fun... Read More

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  • Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin-a-Vent 2011


    This property is known for producing fruity, sensual Beaujolais and does not disappoint here: the Moulin-a-Vent has a fresh, deep crushed cherry-pomegranate nose that transitions to an elegant cherry-cream and roast poultry effect on the palate. The finish is very clean and long. A very fine wine for the price. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The white was a hit last night. Let's see what the red has in store for us. ... Aglianico made in a fresh Beaujolais  style. Great daily drinke Read More

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  • Ok, here's the site:, proffering 'French wines--a ... a light red wine known as Beaujolais that does not usually keep for very many years""Only the most experienced connaisseurs can distinguish a middling Champagne from a good crémant or Vouvray""Côtes du Rhône [and the writer basically includes Cote Rotie, Hermitage and C9dP i... Read More

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  • "Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rhone misses Burgundy, ... ... up after running through Beaujolais as well. There are a number of feeders and offsplits to the Rhone which I consider (yeah, not exactly a famous geographer, but...) part of the same river/drainage system (such as the big/greater and little/lesser Rhones down at the ... Read More

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  • 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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