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...

  • 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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Domaine du Gueret Beaujolais 2013

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    just a bit tart, yet still, a very fine gamay whether poured chilled or cool. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Saw this at a couple wine stores so I finally decided to go ahead and give it a ... not bad. So many of these Beaujolais are tasting the same at this point. Not much to describe here. Very typical Beaujolais. Perhaps lacking a bit of the fruit and berry intensity of cru wine from the region. Still, not a bad glass.I also picked up at Duboeuf Mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Burgundy is also a color.  I think I had it in my Crayola set when I was ... is grown in Beaujolais, which is technically part of Burgundy.  Whatever. Burgundy Passe-Tout-Grain is a blend of PN and Gamay.  So to be Burgundy it doesn't have to be all PN, but still--that's kind of nuts. It's totally clear these guys are whack jobs.  I wouldn't ev... Read More

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  • I forgot to mention this bottle. I had it before the Chenas.It's ... a bit ... a bit livelier than other Beaujolais with more intense red cherry and blackberry. Smooth and refined tannins with medium acidity. Evolved well after a couple hours of decanting. So very indicative of usual Gamay characteristics but more rich and bright with red berr... Read More

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  • 2010 ChenasCave Saint Cyr.A bit overpriced at $29.99 for what you get. Just another typical Beaujolais but a bit of plumb goes along for the ride with strawberry and raspberry. Mild floral notes of old red rose. Medium-low bodied wine with simple red fruit and berry. Could not find the oak or spice aside from a touch of maybe clove. Short finish... Read More

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  • It's true that sometimes you should pay attention to a vintage, but that ... or a Vinho Verde or village Beaujolais? Usually best to get the most recent.The Cabs in that range though, particularly if they're producing enough to sell at Total WIne, tend to be pretty well stabilized for one thing, and more importantly, the producer is usually tr... Read More

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  • There are plenty of ways to do sausages of all sorts on decent buns (or even ... syrahs (and even merlots) to beaujolais and rieslings and even pinot blanc. Obviously depends on the sausage contents, toppings and roll which wine to choose.Oscar Meyer on the cheapest white rolls with mustard and relish? Champagne has worked (the utlimate fallba... Read More

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  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Flower Label 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • The JP Brun was a bit different this time around. The last bottle had some ... ... the typical shy fashion of Beaujolais. Read More

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  • Exactly my problem DV!! That's why everything is unclear to me.Diego - in ... get lots of fruit - a young Beaujolais, Barbera, or Nebbiolo can often fit that kind of profile.Heitz Trailside is a Cab from Rutherford. I've had it side by side with the Martha's and I'm not sure that I'd describe it as "brighter". But to each his own.The truth is,... 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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