I’m super bummed that I didn’t get this out yesterday, as it was the international, happens-every-year, official Beaujolais Nouveau release day, but…..by the time I was done with the Whiskey University event last night I’d worked almost 16 hours and I was bleary-eyed and barely able to string two thoughts together. My apologies for that, but the good news is we’ve got it out now, and it’s on sale!
So what’s the deal with Beaujolais Nouveau? It’s the first wine of the harvest (literally weeks old, and super-fresh!), and is always released on the third Thursday of November, just in time for Thanksgiving. And it is a perfect Thanksgiving wine!
“Regular” Beaujolais comes from the Beaujolais region of southern Burgundy but, unlike the other Burgundian reds, it’s made from Gamay, rather than Pinot Noir. Many (but not all) standard Beaujolais reds are made by the peculiar fermentation method known as Carbonic Maceration, in which the uncrushed grapes are blanketed with a layer of carbon dioxide to prevent them coming into contact with oxygen, and then the fermentation happens from inside the grapes, fermenting until they swell and burst. This method of fermentation produces light, fruity, low-tannin reds…perfect for your Holiday table.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a very, very young, fresh wine that’s just weeks from the grapes hanging on the vines. It’s meant to be drunk in the near term (ideally before the following summer). It’s dry, fresh, extremely fruity, fun, and very low in tannin. In other words, it’s a perfect crowd-pleaser and will pair with just about everything on your Thanksgiving table (especially turkey!). Last year we were shorted our allocation, but this year we did get a case, and it’s on sale! Come on down and grab a bottle (or two!) and see what all the fuss is about!
2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau–$13.99/bottle