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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Traminer

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • I'd recommend avoiding all Duboeuf and Beaujolais Nouveau if possible.See if you can find any 2011 from Morgon that meets your budget, and if not look for 2012. Lapierre is a good producer you can look for. Foillard is great too, though perhaps a few dollars over budget. Read More

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  • Thanks, everyone, for your feedback and advice.  I was too harsh in my ... ... This year's Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is terrible: cheap flavors, $9 pricetag and a heck of a hangover the next morning. &nbs Read More

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  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as Saint Amour, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent and Brouilly?  My budget limit is $25.Not sure what that means. All of those are crus in the Beaujolais region. The grape variety (varietal is an adjective) is going to be Gamay or Chardonnay. So all of them will be the same. The diff... Read More

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  • The Insignia was drinkable and fun.  Only b-i-l tried it with me. ... ... me. ... guest brought a Beaujolais Nouveau.  That is his Thanksgiving tradition.  I had a glass, but I can't say that I've ever cared for BN.  All told, I think four or five bottles of Chardonnay were emptied.  I agree that matching a Thanksgiving meal with a single win... Read More

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  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to ... Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red fruit notes that I love (strawberry, cranberry, raspberry).  At the holiday dinner last night I had the Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Ambassades ... 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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