Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale at the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of each November. While the celebration of Beaujolais nouveau originated in France, Americans have been partying it up stateside for over 30 years.
Beaujolais nouveau is a purple-pink wine reflecting its youth, bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavors as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop.
Beaujolais nouveau is intended for immediate drinking. While some nouveau can be kept for a few years, there’s no real reason to, as it doesn’t improve with age. For comparison, standard Beaujolais AOC wines are released the following year and can be stored for one or more years before consuming. The wines show definite variation between vintages, and as such are considered to be an early indicator of the quality of the year’s regional wine harvest.
Mile Wine Company will be receiving our allocation of Beaujolais nouveau soon! Come join the celebration on Thursday, November 21st, from 6:00-10:00pm, and get the first taste of this young French wine.