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Beaujolais Blanc Wine

Beaujolais Blanc is, perhaps not surprisingly, a term reserved for white wines grown in Beaujolais from the Chardonnay grape variety. A part of the wider Beaujolais appellation (which also covers red and rosé wines), Beaujolais Blanc makes up just a tiny portion of the region's production. White wines from Beaujolais are light and fresh, with characteristic aromas of stone fruit, pears and melon.

The Beaujolais appellation covers vineyards on the land between the Saone River and the eastern foothills of the Massif Central mountain range, stretching from the hills just south of Macon to the plains that lie north-west of Lyon.

Chateau Montmelas, Beaujolais
Daniel Gillet/InterBeaujolais

Beaujolais appellation laws state that white wine grape varieties must make up no more than 15% of any one vineyard, effectively limiting the quantities of white wine that can be made here. Unusually, Beaujolais Blanc wines must be made entirely of Chardonnay, while the Gamay-predominant red wines that Beaujolais is famous for are often allowed a proportion of other white grape varieties such as Aligote and Melon de Bourgogne.

While large swathes of Beaujolais are planted to Gamay (that variety being most suited to the granitic terroir of the region), plantings of Chardonnay fare well in the limestone soils in northern Beaujolais. Here, the rolling hills are essentially a continuation of the southern Maconnais, and the wine styles produced in both areas are very similar. In fact, the vineyard areas of the Macon appellation overlap those of Beaujolais Blanc, and many white wines made in northern Beaujolais are sold under the better-known Macon appellation.

Beaujolais is subject to a temperate continental climate, sheltered from harsh weather from the west by the hills to the west of the region. Instead, some cooling influences make their way into the vineyards from the Mediterranean Sea some way to the south, moderating the warm sunshine that the vineyards receive in the growing season. While this climate favors the Gamay grape variety, it is also well suited to Chardonnay, balancing the variety's flavor characteristics with fresh acidity.

Given Beaujolais' bias toward Gamay, it is not surprising that Beaujolais Blanc is a little-known appellation. Most of the wines are not designed for long ageing, unlike their white Burgundian counterparts, and are best consumed within a few years of vintage.

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We found 44 wines produced in this region.
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Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $17 8042
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $6 54259
Chateau du Chatelard Beaujolais Blanc 'Cuvee Secret de Chardonnay', Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 57586
Domaine Dominique Cornin Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $17 58343
Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 82306
Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Blanc Cepage Chardonnay, France Chardonnay $15 89613
Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais Blanc les Vignes de la Roche, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 91633
Henry Fessy Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $18 91633
Louis Jadot Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 91633
Domaine Romy Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $10 98697
Bruno Debize Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay - Pinot Gris $15 101346
Vignerons de Bel-Air Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $5 104137
Chateau de Pizay Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 107241
Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay Classic, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $13 107241
Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Fut de Chene, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $17 133940
Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc In Extremis, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $27 133940
Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Labeur d'Octobre, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $62 133940
Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $15 140467
Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Vinification Bourguignonne, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $17 140467
Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $8 140467
Oedoria Beaujolais Blanc Accord Majoeur 'Reserve Particuliere', Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $6 140467
Chateau Bonnet Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $10 148519
Cave Saint Cyr Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $6 158458
Chateau de Belleverne Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $13 158458
Cave Cooperative de Saint-Julien Blanc, Beaujolais, France Chardonnay $6 171566
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