matter when the harvest begins, on the third Thursday of November
the world is treated to the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau
wines. Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
half of all Beaujolais, produced from the Gamay Noir grape, is
best as a new wine. These Nouveau wines are served chilled and
should be opened from late November through the holidays.
Low in tannins
and very close to white wine in taste because of the way it is
processed, the better brands are excellent wines to serve to white
wine drinkers who want to explore a red wine.
For the serious
wine drinker, the whole Beaujolais experience has soured
a bit since the hyper-marketing of the Nouveau wines, resulting
in overproduction and quite a few inferior wines. While they quickly
ferment, often low quality wines have come to dominant people's
perception of Beaujolais.
are still wine makers in the region who produced top quality wines
that are good all year long and age well.
If you want a really good wine from the region look for reviews
of the wines produced in the crus .... such as Moulin-à-Vent or Chénas. They are actually very good, affordable and
will retain their light fruity overtones through to the next year's
release and beyond.
For the curious
or detail-oriented, Beaujolais is technically a part of the Burgundy
wine region, and situated between Macon and Lyon.
More about Beaujolais wines & wineries around the Web:
Into Wine Exploring Beaujolais - From the Romans planting vines on roadsides, through the latest
info on the region, this site is a perfect introduction to Beaujolais. A pronunciation guide helps
you put the accents in the right places and links lead you to more in depth reviews. Be sure to
stop by at the
10 Fascinating Facts About Beaujolais Nouveau that every wine lover should know.
Discover Beaujolais - The French wine industry guide to the region pulls out all the stops with lots of information on the grapes and terroir, suggested food pairings, an interactive Beaujolais region map, and more.
- The tourism site for the region offers plenty of information
on the wines grown in the 12 appellations. There are vintage charts
and in-depth reviews of each area, photos, videos and related guides if you're planning a trip to taste the wines in their home terroir.