On the third Thursday of November, France marks the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau. It’s the country’s most famous “vin primeur” (young wine) and hails from the beautiful and highly protected Beaujola…
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It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time again and the verdict is in on the 2017 harvest: great quality and small quantities. And starting Thursday, drinkers can judge for themselves as the young, fruity purple wine is poured from thousands of bottles around the world.
While the great sense of occasion that has surrounded the release in the past may have lost some luster, the 2017 vintage is still worth celebration.
Beaujolais Nouveau provides the first view of the harvest. And this year, it wasn’t clear sailing. Frost, hail and then drought resulted in limited quantities of small grapes with tough skins. In the end, thanks to some rain, the harvest delivered on quality with the ripe grapes producing great wine.
Beaujolais Nouveau will be released Thursday at 12:01 am.
In the past, the wine couldn’t leave Beaujolais until release time, and lorries and cars would race dangerously across Europe to deliver the wine to thirsty consumers in time for breakfast. Now, the wine is distributed ahead of time—you just can’t buy it until the magic hour [ . . . ]
Four Beaujolais Nouveau Wines to Look For
- Georges Duboeuf The First Wine of the Harvest Beaujolais Nouveau (Imported by Quintessential Wines)
- Henry Fessy Beaujolais Nouveau (Imported by Louis Latour Inc.)
- Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau (Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co)
- Bouchard Aîné & Fils Beaujolais Nouveau (Imported by Boisset Collection)
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Every year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, one of the strongest wine-marketing behemoths takes over: Beaujolais Nouveau season. Wine shops are overtaken with Beaujolais Nouveau displays, restaurants start pouring Beaujolais Nouveau, and people start buying the wine like crazy.
All the hype would lead one, especially a novice, to believe that Beaujolais Nouveau must be worthy of all this attention, and the price tag that goes along with it, but guess what? Beaujolais Nouveau actually isn’t very good.
The annual “night before” party at La Robe et Le Palais on November 18, 2015. “Throw a stone and you’d hit one the pirates of the wine community.” Photo and quote by Michaël Dandrieux
Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine that has literally been bottled only six to eight weeks after the Gamay grapes that were used to make it have been picked. This gives no time for the wine to mature, no time for delicious flavors to develop, nothing. What you have is just thin, alcoholic grape juice. In fact, the wine is so Continue reading “Just say no to Beaujolais Nouveau”