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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • 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 an appellation created in 1938,although viticulture here goes back to at least...

  • Saint-amour

    Saint-Amour is an appellation for red wines only created in 1946 although viticulture here goes...

  • 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...

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • 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 ...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019


    The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter in colour than the last vintage, but has a good banana and Christmas Candle scent (cranberry, cheap garden flowers), and entry is more acidic (in keeping with the difficult vintage, perhaps). There is a short, but smooth finish. Better than expected. 85 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • You know, I can't help picking up one of the Beaujolais Nouveau wines at the local government liquor store each 3rd Thursday of November (a week before US Thanksgiving... that orgy of air travel that prevented me from attending an event I definitely wanted to attend).  The scent of the carbonic macerated Gamay reminds me of Christmas and the red... Read More

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  • Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais-Villages Blanc 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £11.Beaujolais is an appellation created in 1936 for red and white wines from 96 communes between Macon and Lyon and 36 of these communes mainly in the north are allowed to use the more prestigious Beaujolais Villages appellation.Beaujolais Blanc is made of the chardonnay grape ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chenas Chateau de Belleverne 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £10. Chenas ... is the smallest of the 'cru Beaujolais' and like all Beaujolais is made of the gamay grape.a cross between pinot noir and an anceint white grape called 'gouais' The name comes from the oak [chene in French] forests which once covered these granite hills. My bottl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Olivier Ravier Beaujolias Villages 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... for £12. Beaujolais is an appellation created in 1936 for red and white wines from 96 communes between Macon and Lyon and 38 of those communes mainly in the north are allowed to use the more prestigious Beaujolais Villages appellation..Olivier Ravier is a small producer and negoc... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Over the years I have posted here on Snooth about wines that my brother-in-law ... Right down the drain.2001 Beaujolais--I was actually able to take a sip of this wine before I poured it down the drain.2011 New Zealand Pinot Noir--Getting better.  I drank an entire glass telling myself that it was drinkable.  Then, I asked myself, "Why?"  I du... Read More

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  • Lucien Lardy Mouin a Vent les Thorins 2015


    The Lucien Lardy Moulin-a-Vent exudes a scent of brussels sprouts and light red fruit .. not unexpected from this powerful wine type (explanation deleted here). Some celery, mixed rather interestingly with cherry on the palate. The wine shows a bit of aging, but critics miss the mark; this wine could go on for 5-7 years easily. So much for pai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I am blessed with a broad palate, I suppose. I can enjoy the fruity Cali pinot ... budget with the exception of beaujolais. I do believe there are some more restrained wines made in California. Perhaps Rhy or Merry Edwards but others here are more informed about those wines than Read More

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  • Perhaps due to embarassment.  My most recent taste was a Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.  Actually, if you like a dry wine that strangely resembles a (faux) tropical fruit Lifesaver candy, it's the ticket..  But seriously, for once a year, I rather enjoy it... it is a very good wine for a British-style winebar - especially in late autumn around the tim... Read More

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  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018


    For Beaujolais Nouveau, we have a decent, well-made primeur - one with lots of tropical fruit such as banana, papaya and mango on the nose. Banana predominates on entry as well, with a hint of tannin (stem). A great quaffing wine for celebrating any vintage. Better than average, if a bit overpriced. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • 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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