The third Thursday in November is an auspicious day for Beaujolais- the official release of the year’s Nouveau happens around the world at the same time. It started as a marketing ploy to get people to buy the relatively cheap, easygoing wine. Fresh out of stainless steel tanks where it was Carbonically Macerated, this alternative method of producing wine from the Gamay grape makes for unique flavors and textures. Georges DuBœf invented the craze so it seemed fitting that I try his $12 effort first.
Deep purple in the glass with watery legs (13% ABV). The nose is classic Nouveau/Carbonic. Bright grapey aromas, purple bubble gum, zingy cherries, red currants and red licorice. The palate is dry with medium acidity and very low tannins, if any. The red fruit and candy are very present whilst the grapey component is not as prominent. The wine is mouthwatering on the back end and has a medium (-) body. The length of the finish is shortish but I am really enjoying the freshness and vibrancy that is has to offer. Keep in mind this wine is meant for immediate consumption, it should keep for a year or so. I like it for what it is and would pair it with roasted chicken, grilled swordfish or even a pasta dish with red sauce. 90 points makes it a 5 star effort. Go and get a bottle if you have never tried this style of wine- unique! Salut….
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John Shepardson said:
I believe that the freshness and vibrancy has to do with the reduced use of sulfites. This is something I have seen in some of the ‘natural wine’ producers such as Guy Breton and Marcel LaPierre. You have to pay a lot of money for those wines and that enjoyment. Here it is from Duboeuf on a mass production scale and reasonable price in 2022. This is a great thing. I will look very hard at all of the Duboeuf 2022 Beaujolais wines to see if this carries through to the rest of their offerings.
I believe that Duboeuf is setting the pace for the future and this signals a significant improvement. I bought 3 cases of this wine, I was so impressed. There is also a Beaujolais Villages version of this wine for sale from K&L Wines in the SF Bay area.
That’s an interesting comment on the use of sulphur. I am pondering a few cases myself. Really enjoyed it, far more than the other Nouveau I bought. At $12 it’s a steal.