Beaujolais wine guide

Your Sommelier's Best Beaujolais Wine Guide

The first signs of vines in the Beaujolais are from 59 BC, but it is only during the 17th century that winemaking became a real economic activity in the region. The aristocracy from Lyon developed it and started selling it in Paris. The vineyards of Beaujolais stretch over 35 miles between Macon and Lyon and are protected by the foothills of the Massif Central and the Saône River. The vines are grown hillsides in order to make the most of the sunshine in a region where the climate can be very harsh. Besides Beaujolais Nouveau, created in 1951, which is the early sale of wine from the current vintage, Beaujolais has 12 Appellations, including 10 local AOC called "Crus du Beaujolais". Although the creation of Beaujolais Nouveau has made the name very famous worldwide, it has somehow harmed the great wines produced in the region. Beaujolais wines are today among the best value for money of the French vineyards.


Appellations

Grapes

Brouilly

The most southern Cru de Beaujolais is named after Mont Brouilly and produces light red wines.

Chénas

The smallest Cru du Beaujolais in size. Its rareness, quality and elegance make it very popular among wine lovers.

Chiroubles

Often considered as the most “Beaujolais” of the Crus because of its strongly aromatic taste.

Côte de Brouilly

Located around Mont Brouilly, it is the only one to be oriented towards the four cardinal points.

Fleurie

Considered as the most feminine Cru for its floral and fruity aromas of iris, violet and rose.

Juliénas

Full-bodied wines with a discreet taste of spice. They are said to have been named after Julius Caesar.

Morgon

Often considered as the most “Beaujolais” of the Crus because of its strongly aromatic taste.

Moulin-à-vent

The most prestigious of the Crus; it is a wine that ages very well, up to 10 years depending on the vintage.

Régnié

Last born of the Beaujolais Crus, it is a round and perfumed wine that can be enjoyed early and for up to 5 years.

Saint-Amour

Either soft wines with aromas of red fruits or strong and full-bodied wine for this little Cru whose name has made it very popular for Valentine's Day.

Gamay

The “Gamay noir à jus blanc” is the only red grape of the Beaujolais. The clay-limestone soils suit this strong and fertile variety perfectly. It develops aromas of red fruits, red currant and spices. On the palate, an intense length appears in wines that have aged in barrels for a few months before bottling.

Chardonnay

Only 200 winemakers elaborate white Beaujolais and Beaujolais Village with Chardonnay. These wines usually have subtle aromas of fresh fruit and white flowers.

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Key Figures

Surface: 22,870 ha
Winemakers: 3,000
Production: 130m bottles

Find more information on the region and its wines on the official website of the region or on Wikipedia


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