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Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 – Well Worth Your Attention

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

It that time of the year again – the festive labels are lining up in front of the wine stores to remind us that we are entering into literally a six week of non-stop celebrations – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, friends, families, holiday parties. With its festive label, coming out every third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau signifies both arrival of the wines of the new harvest, and the arrival of the holidays.

Beaujolais Nouveau Arrived!

Beaujolais Nouveau Arrived!

The tradition of celebration of the new harvest with the wines of Beaujolais is well more than hundred years old. It became linked to the third Thursday of November in 1985, and then little by little, became a huge marketing success. That huge success became the worst enemy of the wine, with the producers starting to make soulless, insipid wines, void of any substance – and Beaujolais Nouveau phenomenon almost died at the very end of 20th century, with people simply ignoring the wines as only a marketing ploy.

Luckily, over the last few years, the situation started to change to the better, or I would even dare to say, to the “much better”. The wine behind festive labels started to show substance and character. I think Beaujolais Nouveau offers a very unique opportunity for the wine lovers, as you can taste every new vintage of the same wine, and compare – something which is rather difficult to do with many other wines – and you can see how the wine is changes year over year.

This year I had an opportunity to taste two different Beaujolais Nouveau wines – one from Georges Duboeuf, and another one from Jean Bererd & Fils, Domaine de la Madone – technically a Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, which is a different AOC designation, but for all intents and purposes it is produced in the same way as a regular Beaujolais Nouveau.

Can the wine be made better and better every year? Of course the question is way too generic to have an answer, but I can tell you that in case of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, the answer is “yes”. I was quite happy with the 2012 wine, but I think this year it is even better. The 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau (12% ABV, $10.99) showed beautiful dark purple inky color in the glass. The nose was full of bright fresh fruit – ripe cherries, succulent raspberries, some violets. The palate came in quite restraint and structured, even firm – good fruit presence of the same dark cherries and ripe raspberries, but not over the top, showing of respectfully mature, concentrated wine with good acidity and medium finish. Depending on the serving temperature, the acidity was more of less noticeable, and overall the wine showed well balanced. Definitely recommended for your Thanksgiving table, perfectly attune to the Harvest celebration. Drinkability: 8-

The 2013 Jean Bererd & Fils Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais Villages Nouveau (13% ABV, $10.99) had very similar inky purple color in the glass. On the nose, it exhibited very similar notes of dark cherries and raspberries. And yes, the palate profile was very similar, but somehow, while the wine was perfectly drinkable and enjoyable, also showing firm structure, I was unable to find the right temperature when acidity was fully in check and harmony with the rest of the wine. Still, not a bad wine by all means. Drinkability: 7

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, which we are about to celebrate, my choice of wine tends to be all-American – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel – but nevertheless, I love opening the celebration with the glass of Beaujolais Nouveau – that clearly sets the mood to the Holidays, which have arrived.

Did you happen to taste Georges Duboeuf or any other Beaujolais Nouveau wines? What do you think? Happy Holidays and Cheers!

  1. November 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Haven’t yet this year, but will now. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Let me know what do you think!

  2. PSsquared
    November 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I have a bottle of the Georges deBouef, and will probably enjoy it tonight. 🙂

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      sounds good! just chill it slightly (just a bit).

  3. November 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Great timing–I just saw the Georges Duboeuf out of the corner of my eye, but payed it no mind because the label was so silly and unfrench. I’ll go back and pick it up.

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      The label spells celebration! Let me know how do you like it!

  4. November 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Looking forward to trying some Beaujolais Nouveau soon!

    • talkavino
      November 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      When you will try them, let me know what do you think!

  5. November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Haven’t tried them yet, but did see the George Dubouef in the local stores. I hadn’t realized (even though I should have) that Beaujolais is released the 3rd Thursday of November each year.

    • talkavino
      November 26, 2013 at 6:54 am

      If you will end up trying Beaujolais Nouveau, I’m curios how you will like them – let me know.

  6. November 26, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Every Thanksgiving and Christmas one of the (many) wines my husband buys is Beajolais Nouveau. It’s a tradition I love 🙂

    • talkavino
      November 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      They are so festive, right? Beaujolais Nouveau is an important part of our Thanksgiving dinner.

  7. November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    So far the Georges Dubouef is a big hit at our store. Our bottle label is different because I believe it to be a Whole Foods exclusive design. I’ve posted a pic on Twitter, Instagram etc. Thank you for spreading the word. I’ve enjoyed tasting it out over the last week.

    • talkavino
      November 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      I think it is a good wine! Yes, Georges Duboeuf makes a lot of different designs for different markets.

  8. Steve D.
    November 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Nice article, thanks for writing. I too; always open the Nouveau first at our Thanksgiving gathering. It’s now a tradition and as you said; really “sets the mood” for the day. I tried the Duboeuf,(which was good) but also tasted one from L’ancien which is wonderful. A little more complex perhaps, but balanced and a bit more mature tasting. I am fighting myself & resisting pulling the cork now….., but will hold out & enjoy tomorrow. Hope you like it too. Happy Thanksgiving/Holidays to all.

    • talkavino
      November 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Thanks for the comment, Steve! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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