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Snooth User: MPabloG

Boisset Family Estates' Beaujolais Nouveau

Posted by MPabloG, Mar 11, 2009.

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.?


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!

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