Beaujolais is sometimes thought of as part of Burgundy, because so many of the Burgundy wine companies have expanded their reach to include wines from the Beaujolais wine region. But Beaujolais wines deserve to stand apart, not least because they are made from an entirely different grape — Gamay. Grown on the region’s granite slopes, the Gamay imparts a fresh, directly fruity yet mineral character to the wines, best reflected in our Beaujolais wine reviews.
At the highest quality level, the Beaujolais wine region contains 10 crus — communes that have the right to wear their own appellations on the label: Brouilly, Chénas, Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnie Reviews and St-Amour. One-step below is Beaujolais Villages, with Beaujolais itself as the broadest, most generic appellation. Our Beaujolais wine guide contains hundreds of Beaujolais wine ratings.
A majestic wine, great Beaujolais by any standard. The fruit is tense, structured, dense, with black figs, strawberry jelly and ripe red plums fitting well into the texture. It manages to be both fruity and firmly structured. This is Beaujolais for aging, an impressive wine ready to mature over five years or more.— R.V. (11/1/2009)
Richly structured, this is full of both tannins and dense fruit. Coming from high up in Moulin-à-Vent, it has preserved plenty of freshness while also bringing density. Black berry and currant flavors dominate this juicy wine that’s full on the palate and still developing. Drink from 2018.— R.V. (12/1/2015)
This wine is all structure at the moment. Dense, dry tannins are masking the fruit that is waiting to develop. Great acidity is pushing forward to give a more juicy character. This impressive wine just needs time, so drink from 2017.— R.V. (12/1/2015)
Produced from vines up to 80 years old, this is a powerful, wood-aged wine. Tannins are mixed with toast, spice and dark plum flavors. Acidity gives freshness and finishes the wine with very fine fruits as well as structure. Age this impressive wine and drink from 2018.— R.V. (12/1/2015)
From a fine vintage, this is a rich, generous and impressive wine. It has structure, spice and a creamy texture from the 14 months in wood. Great acidity gives just the right amount of freshness to the black currant and black-cherry fruits. It’s well worth aging and drinking from 2017.— R.V. (12/1/2015)
This powerful, single-vineyard wine is both fruity and structured. Dense tannins and dark cherry fruits are beautifully balanced with the wood aging. Wait to drink this wine until 2017.— R.V. (6/1/2015)
This single-vineyard wine is structured and dense. Powerful tannins come both from fruit and from wood aging. Underneath the black cherry fruit and fresh acidity are developing. Drink this complex wine from 2016.— R.V. (6/1/2015)
This Beaujolais comes from a dense granite vineyard that has produced an equally powerful wine. It’s mineral in texture, with aromatic black fruits that have been given a taste of wood from 12 months barrel aging. The acidity at the end as well as the tannins promise aging, so drink from 2017.— R.V. (11/1/2014)