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November 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment » | Posted in: In The Media

Beaujolais Nouvea is November 17

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Domaine Albert Bichot Beaujolais Nouveau
$9 gl / $39 btl


Beaujolais Nouveau is a purple-pink wine that is particularly lightweight, even by the standards of
Beaujolais. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be
dominated by fruity, ester flavours of bananas, figs and pear drops. These are enhanced by the frequent
recommendation to serve the wine lightly chilled, at approximately 13°C (55°F).

Beaujolais Nouveau is intended for immediate drinking, and in general should not be kept for more than a year.


Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the Gamay grape. The grapes must come from the Beaujolais AOC,
but grapes from the ten “cru” appellations are excluded. By law, all grapes in the region must be harvested
by hand. This is because Beaujolais is made using carbonic maceration, whole berry fermentation which
emphasizes fruit flavors without extracting bitter tannins from the skins of the grapes. The wine is then
pasteurized to preserve the ‘fresh’ taste of the wine by preventing malolactic fermentation. The wine is
ready to be drunk just 6-8 weeks after the harvest.

Around 49 million liters of Beaujolais Nouveau are produced each year, making up nearly half of the
region’s total wine production. About half of this is exported, with Germany and Japan the biggest
markets, followed by the USA.


Beaujolais had always made a vin de l’année to celebrate the end of the harvest, but until WWII it was
only for local consumption. In fact, once the Beaujolais AOC was established in 1937, AOC rules meant
that Beaujolais wine could only be officially sold after the 15th December in the year of harvest. These
rules were relaxed in1951, and the Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais (UIVB) formally set
the 15 November as the release date for what would henceforth be known as Beaujolais Nouveau.

A few members of the UIVB, notably the négociant Georges Duboeuf, saw the potential for marketing
Beaujolais Nouveau. Not only was it a way to clear lots of vin ordinaire at a good profit, but selling wine
within weeks of the harvest was great for cash flow. Hence the idea was born of a race to Paris carrying
the first bottles of the new vintage. This attracted a lot of media coverage, and by the 1970s had become
a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North
America, and in the 1990s to Asia. In 1985, the date was changed to the third Thursday in November to
take best advantage of marketing in the following weekend.

November 12, 2011 | Leave a Comment » | Posted in: Events, News