2018 Beaujolais Nouveau
Every year on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau is released.
This year, that day is November 15th.
Traditionally a wine to celebrate the end of exhausting harvest season, the popularity of it's release rose in the 1950's when many producers began competing in races to be the first to deliver bottles to Paris. By the 1970's, increased media coverage and promotion of the release added to its popularity.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the Gamay grape. Generally, it is a light bodied red that displays delicate floral notes, bright red fruit, with hints of earth. Fresh, fruity, and low in tannins, Gamay pairs easily with a wide variety of foods. From meat, cheeses, to vegetables, Gamay goes with just about everything. Coincidentally, Beaujolais Nouveau is a great wine to serve with Thanksgiving Dinner.
According to Franck Duboeuf, son of wine legend Georges Duboeuf, "The weather and time were in our favor." He explains that the climate this year included plentiful spring rainfall to offset a summer heat wave. There was also an absence of frost in winter. This year's vintage shows good ripeness with a lot of red fruit and a floral bouquet. Duboeuf also predicts this vintage will be low in acidity.
Rosé fans will be delighted to hear that for the first time ever, the U.S. will receive shipments of Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé this year. Being released in November, this could be the only 2018 French Rosé on the U.S. market for the holiday season.
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