What is Beaujolais Wine? Breaking Down The Region

By Brian Lemay 9 comments

Beaujolais is located on the southern tail of Burgundy and it’s a sub region that has been talked about a lot in recent years But not always for the right reasons Located just north of the city of Lyon its picturesque vineyards sit amidst rolling hills which run alongside the river Somme when winemaking dates back to the times of the ancient Romans The soils here are composed largely of granite and the area has a slightly warmer climate than the bulk of the Burgundy region Whereas Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominates in the rest of Burgundy The Gamay grape reigns supreme here with all red Beaujolais wines produced from this variety Gamay is a productive variety and is easier to grow than Pinot Noir which means growers need to carefully control the yield of their crops to ensure quality Gamay from Beaujolais does have similarities to Pinot Noir It tends to produce light to medium bodied red wines with fresh acidity and moderate soft tannins The grape is renowned for its intense fruit flavours of red berries, black pepper and a minerally chalky character The top examples can also have wonderful tannin structure behind them Beaujolais’s reputation has been growing steadily with the often Stratospheric prices in the north of Burgundy forcing people to look elsewhere for quality at better value But Beaujolais is image has not always been as positive as it is today with Beaujolais Nouveau wines tarnishing the sub-regions reputation in the 1980s and 90s a Vin De Primeur, or a wine which has produced and sold in the same year that it was harvested Beaujolais Nouveau Is memorably released on the third Thursday of November each year this celebration still occurs with the date heavily marketed in the late 20th century and becoming famous across Europe, the UK and subsequently Asia The popularity and novelty was so great that people would race from Beaujolais around the world to see who could get their case of Nouveau back home first Inevitably such high demand led to a huge decline in quality a nouveau fell firmly out of fashion With over 1 million cases of Beaujolais 2001 vintage most of which was Nouveau being destroyed or distilled into spirits Beaujolais production has since bounce back thankfully and although there were no Premier or Grand Cru It boasts 10 prestigious cru Appellations which also produced some truly stunning wines. Look out for the names of Morgon Fleurie, and Moulin-A-Vent amongst others Although Beaujolais is reputation might still be a bit tainted by the Nouveau phenomenon This sub region of Burgundy produces some incredible wines at very competitive prices


Jonnie Fastforest

Mar 3, 2019, 8:58 am Reply

I remember those Beaujolais races! Great to see that there is more to Beaujolais that just Beaujolais nouveaux

Matthew Hubner

Mar 3, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

This video is awesome! A fantastic script, which I found very informative. Love the use of graphics as well.

Hot Rockin’

May 5, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply


Malcolm Winter

Jun 6, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

The Beaujolais run was started to kickstart the sales of the drink because the wine lost its following and that I can understand because to me it tastes like it's gone off, I have never drank a wine that grated my teeth until I had a bottle of this stuff

Keith Paterson-Browne

Jun 6, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

It is a pity that your commentator seems unable to pronounce the word beaujolais nicely. I am glad he wasn’t talking about white wine which he would pronounce as van blonk! [email protected]

Sallicelery Securityates

Jun 6, 2019, 11:00 am Reply

I hate wine it!

d k

Jun 6, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

I really don't like it x

Najat Chetouan

Jun 6, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply


Shokreia Mahmud

Jul 7, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

الشيخ. فتحي. صافي

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