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...

  • 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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  • If I had only those options, I'd probably let the human race go to hell. ... Beaujolais because of the Beaujolais nouveau, which quite by accident became a bit of a craze for a while.That nouveau was never supposed to be anything special - it was made to be consumed in the bistros of Lyon for the most part, and quickly. But a couple of British... Read More

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  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2015


    Judging by the depth of colour, the inviting banana, pear and cherry nose, and the chunky mouthfeel of this wine (and there is a little tannin, notwithstanding the brief contact with skins in this kind of wine), 2015 looks like a good year for the Crus. The finish is quite long and elegant for a "new" wine - although Mommessin is always a bit m... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, NG, nope, can't do that we already have an ... that is not always the case.Beaujolais Nouveau is one of those wines that is meant to be consumed immediately on release.  In the case of your bottle, it was made from grapes that were harvested in 2003 (probably around September), fermented, bottled and shipped from t... Read More

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  • I am making attempt to learn about varies wines as what wines goes with what ... ... I came across a bottle Beaujolais Nouveau 2003, which prompts the question:  Is safe to open it and taste it.  Can some please help me explain the life expectancy of a bottle of wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Louis Tete le Pot Beaujolais Nouveau 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • There are plenty of ways to do sausages of all sorts on decent buns (or even ... ... work with it), as has beaujolais nouveau, a Turley zin, several Paso reds (any of your choice, they're most all generically over the top anyway) and, of course, whisky or tequila with a beer back. Read More

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  • Jon - I wouldn't necessarily condemn Duboeuf either. He's kind of a half-ass hero actually since it's because of him that so many of those crus still exist and haven't been abandoned and planted with something else. He started out as a poor farmer who sold his grapes to the large buyer for blending into generic wine. He believed in the superiori... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice

  • Rodet used to do decent nouveau, but I haven't had any nouveau from any negociant or vintner since the '90s. I entered one of those 'over it' states by the latter half of that decade.Lots of good Crus, and I often drink Morgon.My experience with Duboeuf's irregularity is similar to JD's, though perhaps his stay-away warning can best be applied t... Read More

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  • JB, I'd like to hear some of your recommendations (if any) for Beaujolais Nouveau.   I understand that the Nouveau is released early, with very little aging so as to show off the fruit. I've tried the Duboeuf and just didn't care for the sweetness. I haven't gone back to try any others. Gamay seems to be an acquired taste. It appears to me based... Read More

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  • Excuse me, Mr Jonderry, but I have been cellaring & drinking Duboeuf's Crus for years, and they have been outstanding. I have no idea what your comment has to do with anything. I have just finished my stash of '02s, while '05s, '08s, '09s and '11s are next up. I have other producers mixed in too.To echo the above comments, the Crus are all Gamay... Read More

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