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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  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2010


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    Wine review by JulsieDoo

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Pacalet 2011


    Brilliant ripe red fruit aroma, very deep nose. Raisin/rum quality to it. The mouth is a bit sharp, with strong acidity. More so than I prefer, and the finish seems kind of short. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau 2011


    Complex fruit aromas, sort of a mix of raspberry and cranberry, subtle and rich. The mouth has significant acid-provided backbone. Tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Domaine la Madone Beaujolais Nouveau 2011


    Rich red fruit aromas, really fun to take in - totally devoid of oaky attributes being a nouveau. The body has nice smooth acidity and some mild skin tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2011


    Est arrive! It is what it is I suppose. Candy,sugary nose. Very light on the palate, dare I say it, like grape juice? It fizzes and bounces on the tongue and then disappears into the night. I've sure had worse and I'm happy to be part of the Beaujolais Noveau celebration for one weekend of the year. Read More

    Wine review by Fenderbaum

  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2011


    The Mommessin Nouveau for 2011 has a wonderfully inviting banana cream pie nose with a little cotton candy (floss) on top. On entry, the wine is slightly metallic with a touch of stem and dried cranberry. Not much of a taste experience, but rather deep and round for a primeur.Needs better fruit extraction - or, perhaps better fruit. Still, th... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Château Cambon Beaujolais Nouveau 2010


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    Wine review by Virendra K Sharma

  • On Friday, November 18, 2011, Georges Duboeuf, Passions Productions and the ... will celebrate the art of Beaujolais Nouveau with the release of Duboeuf’s most vibrant harvest yet and an evening of ‘Beaujolais Passions’ at the Beverly Hills Country Club.Michael McLeer, known as “Kaves”, was chosen to serve as the artistic voice of the Nouveau ... Read More

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  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2009


    Pleasant and smooth. Light, but by no means boring or not complex. For the price, this is a very good Beaujolais and it is versatile enough to pair with several different types of dishes. Read More

    Wine review by jmd477

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2009


    Interesting wine. The aromatics to me feel more reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay (Chardonnay in Sauvignon Blanc clothing). Very bright flavors with herbal and slightly floral notes. Just a hint of toasty butter from the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

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