It seems Boisset just won an award for inovative packaging for their PET bottle for Beaujolais Nouveau...I tried their B.N. in late January. I have to say it was the first time in my 53 years I have spat out a sip in disgust. It was thin, sour and tarry. I contacted them and they swore that it wasn't their new bottle. They said they imediately cacked open a bottle and to them it was just fine. They asked if I had tied Beaujolais Nouveau before. I have....for years my wife and I hosted a party on the third Thursday of Nov. so I'm aware of it's character. Did anyone else have a similar experience with the Boisset B.N.?
Boisset Family Estates' Beaujolais Nouveau
- Reply by BrandonA, Mar 11, 2009.
I've heard (from an accounting professor/lawyer/chef) that you never drink a Nouveau after December.
Also once I had purchased a whole case of Nouveau for a early December party. Had a couple left and opened one in late spring. Friends mom from two rooms away smelled it and wondered what I had done. I believe her exact words were "What the h*ll is that smell." Still have a bottle left that is three years old now... Not sure why I keep it, I'm sure someday down the road there will be a practical joke...
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 12, 2009.
I doubt it has anything to do with the bottle.
Beaujolais Nouveau production is a winemaking challenge to say the least. They have to complete the maceration, fermentation, clarification, etc in just 5 or 6 weeks so that the wine can be bottled in early November. This usually means a few tricks and shortcuts are used and the resulting wine can be very fragile... or, in both of your experiences, worse!