Beaujolais Nouveau Wine

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Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of young, fresh wine produced in the Beaujolais region, adjacent to Burgundy, France. Every year, these are released on the third Thursday of November, with much fanfare that “Les Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!!!” What began as a local tradition in the 19th century, made popular in Parisian cafés in the 1950s, has become an actual race for worldwide distribution. Every method of transportation imaginable has been used to ensure arrival by midnight of that Thursday (to release any time before is strictly prohibited), and its many fans can open a fresh bottle that very day. This style accounts for nearly half the entire region’s annual output. 

To get technical, this a primeur style of wine, which simply means that it is released between its harvest date and the following spring. It’s not uncommon in other parts of the world, but Beaujolais Nouveau is the most popular and sought after. But isn’t wine supposed to age a bit Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Traminer

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019


    The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter in colour than the last vintage, but has a good banana and Christmas Candle scent (cranberry, cheap garden flowers), and entry is more acidic (in keeping with the difficult vintage, perhaps). There is a short, but smooth finish. Better than expected. 85 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • You know, I can't help picking up one of the Beaujolais Nouveau wines at the local government liquor store each 3rd Thursday of November (a week before US Thanksgiving... that orgy of air travel that prevented me from attending an event I definitely wanted to attend).  The scent of the carbonic macerated Gamay reminds me of Christmas and the red... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Perhaps due to embarassment.  My most recent taste was a Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.  Actually, if you like a dry wine that strangely resembles a (faux) tropical fruit Lifesaver candy, it's the ticket..  But seriously, for once a year, I rather enjoy it... it is a very good wine for a British-style winebar - especially in late autumn around the tim... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018


    For Beaujolais Nouveau, we have a decent, well-made primeur - one with lots of tropical fruit such as banana, papaya and mango on the nose. Banana predominates on entry as well, with a hint of tannin (stem). A great quaffing wine for celebrating any vintage. Better than average, if a bit overpriced. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... it zero. Did the de rigeur Beaujolais nouveau thing at a friend's place at the beginning of this weekend. Five Beaujolais nouveau, one nearby wannabe region's 'Gamay Primeur', followed by a Lanessan '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy question for me. In the world of wine, I feel like a forever-bachelorette always sussing out a new potential love of my life. But just to keep things simple, currently on my top-of-mind recall are:1. Armenia: Keush Methode Traditionelle (I'm strict about my bubbles and t... Read More

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  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2016


    As far as Nouveau goes, Mommessin usually makes for heartier fare; the fruit is deeper, less candied and refined - yet totally a product of maceration carbonique - with candy floss, hard (red) candy apple and banana on the nose with that Gamay cherry poking through as well. Very grapey finish - as it should be - with easy drinking, post-harvest ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Could it be that Beaujolais Nouveau gave it a bad name? We used to have one sip for fun then break out something else. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie

  • BLM, I was basically wondering about distance of shots, and I think the stories of solid bullet hunting for turkeys were probably driven by overweening pride in accuracy by the speaker, though if you could find a bird at rest downrange at some distance it seemed to make sense. Talk was of not hitting them center mass, but like when I was using t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie

  • Can you tell us any more about your Burgundy white, Duncan? One of the more ... daily quaffers. Even their Beaujolais Nouveau was reliably good at that late date, after most everyone else was turning out mass sodapop in the face of mushrooming demand. Solid bottlings, with good QPR in those days even for their Grand Crus, but since then they'v... Read More

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  • achei na minha adega um beaujolais nouveau, ano de 1997, bem conservado, pois no rotulo diz que a validade de um ano, alguém pode me informar sobre isso, se esta bom para consumo?

    Comment by 1074819juliano silva 1074819 juliano silva

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