2011 Beaujolais Nouveau

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2011 Beaujolais Nouveau Time to get ready for the big Turkey Day while working out one’s wine pairings. This is actually a great time to be paying attention to wine media, though what we are saying can become kind of predictable. Pinot for Thanksgiving, or if you’re a hipster, then it’s Lambrusco, Pineau d’Aunis or Nerello Mascalese. As long as the vineyards are on the north side of Etna. Duh!

Another predictable event that happens this time every year is the bashing of Beaujolais Nouveau, except for some particular producer du jour’s wines, naturally. The truth about Beaujolais Nouveau is simple, it’s a successful wine designed to appeal to the masses, and that is just what it does. It’s a wine that harkens back to more primitive days, reflecting more of the unfettered essence of the grape than other grapes that have been aged longer, undergone malolactic fermentation and otherwise been touched by the influencing hand of the wine maker.

Does that make these wines better you might ask? I would say no, but it also doesn't make them worse. What people may fail to realize is that Beaujolais Nouveau is designed to be enjoyed for its simplicity, its overt fruitiness and its refreshing character. Like Thanksgiving, it is more about a celebration of life itself than the epitome of winemaking. Oh, and it’s also a marketing gimmick, see how we’re all talking about Beaujolais?  Well, we don’t have to get into that, but we can get into some of the best Nouveau of 2011!

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  • Snooth User: Clairette
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    Thank you for some simple, excellent comments on Beaujolais Nouveau. It gets so dreary to hear people complaining about it every year. And this year's is a delight. Goes very well with Chritmas lunch, too, I find.

    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM


  • "It's a wine that harkens back to more primitive days..."

    When we were gullible.

    Le Beaujolais Nouveau est passé.

    http://www.sedimentblog.com

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:51 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Have you tried any Nouveau this year or do you just enjoy repeating standard wine geek lines?

    Nov 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM


  • Sadly, yes - the Georges Duboeuf, a taste of which was delivered with a shrug of resignation by a London merchant.

    Like, I suspect, the majority of this year's Nouveau, it will be immeasurably better when it is plus vieux.

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM


  • Snooth User: Fenderbaum
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    Nice article, thanks Greg. For me, BN is a perfect Sunday afternoon drink. Especially as the days become colder and drinking cava seems less appealing.

    Nov 24, 2011 at 4:25 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thanks Fender!

    My thoughts exactly, Sunday lunch with leftovers.

    Nov 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM


  • Still think it's the Beaujolais which should have been left over, to mature some more!

    Nov 25, 2011 at 4:56 AM


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