Beaujolais Nouveau is a young red wine made from handpicked Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France, where the beverage accounts for half of the region’s production. While most red wines improve with age, Beaujolais Nouveau is all about freshness. Many producers, including regional giant Georges Duboeuf, race to deliver the first of the vintage to celebrations throughout France and the world.
Under French law, the wine may be released at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday of November, just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Fermentation is so short that the resulting wine exhibits fruity flavors and light tannins. Beaujolais Nouveau should be consumed right away (or within a year of being made), and is best served slightly cooled. Nearly half of the wine’s 70-million-bottle production is exported abroad, mainly to Japan, Germany and the United States (where it is popularly enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner).
We have a couple Beaujolais Nouveau’s to choose from, here are some notes:
This 2011 Beaujolais is striking in its brillian deep crimson robe.
For the nose, a veritable pallette of bright floral aromas is interlaced among blackberries, wild strawberries and blueberries, with hints of black and red currants. Taste the Beaujolais Nouveaux 2011 and revel in its full, smooth body with a fine, silky harmonious texture and exceptional richness.
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During July and mid August the vineyards have enjoyed a fair weather with a mix of very nice sunny periods and light rain. The grapes are healthy with thick skins and dark berries. They have a good balance sugar-acidity, similar to the 2009 which is quite good. We expect a very nice crop with a yield also similar to the 2010 vintage. The harvest will begin this coming Wednesday making 2011 an other early crop. We will give you our first impressions on the quality of the wines after tasting the first vinifications which should be nice and easy. We expect wines to show dark colours and powerful fruit.
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This Beaujolais Nouveau, created by the legendary Damien Dupeuble, is an exceptional Gamay that is produced using traditional winemaking methods developed over a century ago. After the grapes are hand-harvested at optimal ripeness, they are fermented using natural yeast. Dupeuble never relies on chaptalization, SO2 fermentation, degassing, or micro-oxygenation, resulting in an unrivaled wine. Every bottle boasts impeccable balance and luscious aromatics while maintaining the fun, casual, and fruit-forward character that makes Beaujolais Nouveau unique. Supplies are extremely limited, so join in the celebration today!
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