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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  • Rendez-Vous Beaujolais Nouveau 2009


    Maybe I'm the wrong person to drink a beaujolais nouveau, but I did and I didn't like it. Too thin and, I think, maybe too fruity. Read More

    Wine review by inferno0069

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2007


    We really enjoyed the '07 vintage and will be using it at an upcoming wine event in our town. We will be pairing it with a local caterer's delicious polenta with clam sauce. We found the smooth mouthfeel and fruity taste to be exceptional. We also enjoyed it with our thanksgiving turkey. Read More

    Wine review by wnelvrs

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Burgundy 2009


    Again, like the Mommessin Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, this primeur is dark - though not quite so midnight black. The nose is more typical of macération carbonique (banana, papaya) but also more reminiscent of stems. There are also notes piquant - just a little spritz on the tongue. Less body, more acid, thinner with fewer helpful hints of prom... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Burgundy 2009


    cherries, strawberries and bubblegum, naturally very fruit forward, nice soft tannic structure, enjoyable for thanksgiving appetizer hour, for my turkey, definitely a pinot noir Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • I know there is a lot of hype about Beaujolais Nouveau, but I just tried the 2009 Georges DuBoef last week and found it to be a very pleasing drinking wine. I think it would be great with Thanksgiving dinner. Would you server Beaujolais Nouveau with your turkey dinner? We talk about Beaujolais Nouveau on this week's East Coast Wine Geek's Podcas... Read More

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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2009


    Bright purple in the glass. Nose of blue and blackberries with tones of tea. Wonderful bright fruit with an almost lambrusco-like zing. Some citrus tones on the finish. Not a long lasting wine.After some time open, it really got some more depth and a fair amount of complexity with some almost merlot-like qualities. Very nice. This one migh... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Burgundy 2009


    As far as a nouveau goes, this one is nice. Not too young or pungent, but nicely balanced and of course brightly colored and very forward style. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2009


    Appearance in the glass very dark and reminiscent of the splendid 2009 vintage - reputed to be the best in 50 years. The depth of black fruit and cultivated violet flowers on the nose is impressive for a new wine. Nice candy-floss and blackberry flavors that just begin to intrigue the palate but then disappear in a typically short finish. If t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Burgundy 2009


    Served slightly chilled. Clear purple in the glass. Straight to the point Beaujolais Nouveau with cherry and berry flavors and the characteristic banana overtones. Bright acidity. Light body. This isn't an overly complex wine but in all fairness, it isn't supposed to be. Simple and enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Moillard Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2009


    Transparent, bright purple-red in the glass. This wine is pretty simple and straightforward with notes of banana, cherries, and other red berries. Light-bodied with very bright acidity. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

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