Wine 101 - Beaujolais

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 with our classic guide to the region.


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Beaujolais Nouveau

When most people think of Beaujolais they tend to think of Beaujolais Nouveau, that fruity first wine of the year. In fact, the regulations that established Beaujolais actually would have prohibited Beaujolais Nouveau as we know it. We currently can expect the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau to be released the third Thursday of November, while the original regulations prohibited the release until the 15th of December each year.

In 1951, the regulations were changed and Beaujolais Nouveau as we know it was born, but it wasn’t known until the négociant Georges Duboeuf put his considerable resources to work promoting the Nouveau. In the 1970s, the annual race with the first wine of the season to Paris grabbed the media’s attention and has since spread around the world. Most Nouveau is rather light and fruity to the point of resembling fruit juice more than wine, and not always grape juice at that!

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  • Snooth User: mophair
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    How do I print this article?

    Nov 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Catherine Gin
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    Hi @mophair, you can find a print-friendly, full-page version of this slideshow at This link is also on the final slide.

    Nov 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

  • you provide such a great educational service & then dilute it with duBouef. c'mon greg, you're better than that.

    Nov 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM

  • Great information about this type of wine. I will definitely consider to write one special article about that type of fine wine in my blog

    Nov 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

  • Snooth User: Antonios
    228009 2

    Hiiii all
    i found Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages 2008 and 2009 more acid with a totally different taste and flavour than 2007
    am not an expert at all
    do you think am right or wrong?
    and what is your advise?

    Nov 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

  • Snooth User: Antonios
    228009 2

    Sorry that i forgot, i was talking about Georges Du Boeuf Beaujolais

    Nov 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM

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