Beaujolais: Articles on France's Beaujolais Wine Region

Beaujolais Nouveau - The Wine List - November 2014

There is a wine phenomenon every November when the cry goes out:  Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrive!  For more information about this phenomenon, go here.   

Beaujolais Nouveau is a popular wine to serve at Thanksgiving for a few reasons.  First, they are prominently displayed on the store shelves at the same time people are shopping for their Thanksgiving groceries, 2) they are affordable wines that should cost less than $15 per bottle and can often be found for under $10, and 3) they match surprisingly well with Thanksgiving Turkey, cranberries and stuffing. 

I find most Beaujolai Nouveau falls in one of two groups.  They are either fun wines or wines that I wouldn’t drink.  A good Beaujolais Nouveau will have lots of cherry fruit, perhaps a bit of banana aromas and should be smooth and easy to drink.  Here are ten in the first group; wines that are fun, taste good and provide value.  There are others out there as well, but these are go-to wines for me.  One bit of caution, don’t buy too many.  These should be consumed by the end of the year.  The best thing about them is their freshness.

Top 75 French Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking (a non-dump bucket list if you will!)

If you are a wine lover, wine connoisseur, wine aficionado or even if you just like to have a couple of glasses on a Friday night, it soon becomes obvious that there are some wines that are held in a higher esteem in the wine world.  Sometimes, it is because these wines are very rare.  Other times, it’s because the wine has a place in history.   Sometimes it’s because the wine is just that good.  Here is a list of 75 wines from France that make up that category.  A few caveats.  I have not tried every wine on this list.  Some I have and others I hope to.  Many of these wines are rare and hard to find.  That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be on the list.  After all, if the opportunity presents itself, go for it. 

What is Beaujolais Nouveau?

The third Thursday in November is the date for a wine phenomenon each and every year.  “Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive” marks the worldwide marketing campaign for this unlikely wine.  What is Beaujolais Nouveau and how did we get here?

Under the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wine regulations of France, wine released in the year the grapes were harvested must be labeled nouveau or vin (de) primeur.  Each AOC will determine the specific dates the wine may be released.  These wines are fruity wines that have just barely made the change from grape juice to wine.  They are made quickly, barely allowing time for the grapes to ferment.  Some versions are sweet as they have not completed their fermentations and still have some residual sugar. 

Wines of Burgundy's Beaujolais Wine Region: Terroir & Producers

In Part I of this series, Wines of Burgundy's Beaujolais Wine Region: Quality You Might Not Expect, I discussed the history of Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau wines.  In Part II, I will continue that discussion, but more importantly, review the individual terroir and the producers of some very fine age worthy wines.

Wines of Burgundy's Beaujolais Wine Region: Quality You Might Not Expect

This is Part One of a Two Part Series on Beaujolais

Beaujolais is one of the most misunderstood wines in all of France.  Most people know Beaujolais Nouveau as the “grape drink” masquerading as wine that is released every November to much fanfare.  There is another side as well.  Beaujolais can be a complex wine capable of improving in a cellar and even the best producers can be purchased for reasonable pricing.  Beaujolais is a wine that every wine lover should get to know. 

Beaujolais, France - Wine Vintage Chart

Beaujolais, France    
2010 88 D
2009 97 D/H
2008 8

Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf and the Evolution of Nouveau: Rudolph Chelminski Discusses His New Book

Each year at 12:01 AM on the third Thursday of November, millions of bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau begin a journey from a little French village to locales across the globe. Wine stores and cafes enthusiastically greet these shipments with signs and banners proclaiming "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!" "The New Beaujolais has arrived!". With this begins the annual celebration of the arrival of the French wine Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration steeped in tradition, frivolity, grandeur, legend, and of course, fabulous wine.

Beaujolais Nouveau - Hamlet of Wine and Georges Duboeuf

The Hamlet of Wine - In the heart of the beaujolais crus is a wine experience in the Disney tradition. In the small village of Romanèche-Thorins, next to his corporate headquarters, Georges Dubœuf has created Le Hameau Du Vin or The Hamlet of Wine.

Georges Duboeuf's Views of the 2005 Vintage

Exceeding Our Expectations

Georges Duboeuf's Views of the 2004 Vintage

2004 Beaujolais Harvest Begins Under Sunny Skies
“The quality of the wine is born on the vine”

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