At one past midnight “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”
"The New Beaujolais has arrived!" It is one of the biggest celebrations of the wine world which is amusing since the wine itself is not really anything to write home about but it is certainly fun!
Over a million cases of Gamay based wine, are ready for consumption immediately and in fact, won’t last much beyond 9-12 months so DO NOT cellar this wine. Buy it, chill it and guzzle it! Last year was a banner year for this wine, one of the best I can remember, so this year’s wine will be hard to beat it.
The wine at its best is just plain simple, fruitiness, with strawberry flavors and light (relatively speaking) on the alcohol. It generally runs anywhere from $8-$12 a bottle.
NOTE--Make sure you’re not buying last year’s vintage!!!
“Apart from the fanfare, what makes Beaujolais Nouveau so popular? And especially in the U.S. where consumption of red wine is less than 30%? Simply put, Beaujolais Nouveau is as about as close to white wine as a red wine can get. Due to the way it is made—the must is pressed early after only three days—the phenolic compounds, in particular the astringent tannins, normally found in red wines, isn't there, leaving an easy to drink, fruity wine. This, coupled with the fact that it tastes best when chilled, makes for a festive wine to be gulped rather than sipped, enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued. As a side note, it makes a great transitional wine for anyone wanting to move from white to red wines.”
So check back here in a few days and I am sure we’ll have some of the first releases in our areas reviewed. What ever you do, Raise a glass to this great celebration.