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Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé! 2015 Edition

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Geoarges Duboeuf Beaujolais NouveauHave you looked in the calendar today? Yes, it is the third Thursday of November, which means that … Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! All the wine stores around you should carry bottles with the festive labels, and there are multiple events and parties to celebrate the arrival of the new wine, the wine of 2015.

I know that many hard core wine drinkers scoff at the Beaujolais Nouveau wine and the whole celebration, considering the wine to be a plonk and the celebration only a marketing gimmick. Speaking for myself, I love to partake in this celebration, as may be the first wine holiday ever created (now we have ever increasing number of “grape days” throughout the year, to make sure we have enough reasons to open a bottle of wine).

Besides just liking the idea of celebration of the first wine of the harvest, I find that quality of the Beaujolais Nouveau is consistently improving, year after year. Thus I happily ran to the store today at the first available opportunity to get some Beaujolais Nouveau. 5–6 years ago Georges Dubœeuf Beaujolais Nouveau was the only option. Few years back, Joseph Drouhin joined the company. This year, I had a choice of 4 wines to pick from, so I decided to limit my tasting to 3.

I don’t want to give you any overall impressions until you will skim through the tasting notes, so here we go:

2015 Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais Nouveau (13% ABV, $10.99)
C: Dark Garnet, very unexpected
N: restrained, fresh berries with the touch of herbs. Very different from the previous years, a lot less fruity. More reminiscent of a traditional Beaujolais or a nice Chinon
P: outstanding. Fresh, open, perfectly balanced fruit, ripe cherries, medium body, medium-long finish.
V: 8-, very unexpected, would never guess in the blind tasting that this is a Nouveau wine. Not sure what kind of magic Dubœeuf used, but this is a pretty spectacular wine in its own.

2015 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau (13% ABV, $11.99)
C: dark garnet, another unexpected color
N: more traditional nose of freshly crushed berries, still not overboard, with underpinning of spices
P: delicious young wine, nice fresh fruit, finish mostly acidic
V: 7/7+, more in line with expectations of Beaujolais Nouveau – a very well made one, but still

2015 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau (13% ABV, $13.99)
C: dark garnet, one more wow
N: restrained, with acidity and minerality been in the lead, touch floral, may a bit of tart cherries
P: excellent, round, more of classic Burgundy in style, not a hint of “nouveau” on the palate, very fresh with a distant hint of smoke and tobacco on the palate.
V: 8-, outstanding. Again a complete surprise.

What can I tell you? Very impressive. Excellent wines, well made and tasty, and offering great QPR for what they are. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, this might be a great addition to your table. And if you don’t, Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 is well worth your attention. And if this Beaujolais Nouveau is any indication, the 2015 might be (yet again) the vintage of the century. Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé! À votre santé!

P.S. After this post was written, I tried two more Beaujolais Nouveau wines, so here are the additional notes just to make the 2015 experience more complete:

2015 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau (11%–14% ABV, $10.99)
C: Bright Ruby
N: initially a typical Beaujolais Nouveau nose with fresh crushed berries, eventually becoming more restrained with additional herbal component
P: fresh tart cherries, crisp, fresh, with the vibrant acidity which makes the wine show quite complex
V: 7+, well made wine, simple and pleasant

2015 Bouchard Beaujolais Nouveau (11%–14% ABV, $9.99)
C: dark Ruby
N: fresh berries with a touch of green leaves
P: fresh crushed berries, crisp, vibrant, good acidity
V: 7+, traditional Beaujolais Nouveau, simple and tasty

  1. November 20, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for sharing your tasting notes, very helpful!

    • talkavino
      November 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Glad to be of help!

  2. November 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I love the tradition surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau! I stopped by a smaller wine shop yesterday, but they didn’t have any!! Will keep looking. I know my bigger stores have it, just haven’t been by yet. Am hoping to get ahold of something beyond Dubœuf. Cheers!!

    • talkavino
      November 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      My neighborhood wine store carries 6 different types of Beaujolais Nouveau. If your search yields no results, a care package can be arranged 🙂

  3. Sira Sudhindranath
    December 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Trader Joe’s has (or had) the 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beajolais Nouveau. The cashier at the Los Altos, CA store told me that they were sold out – someone came by and bought all the 14 or 15 cases that they had! I went to the store on Prospect Ave in San Jose, CA and picked up 4 bottles. The next day I was at the store again and happened to notice that they had just 2 bottles remaining!

    • talkavino
      December 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for the comment! Glad to hear that I’m not the only who liked Beaujolais Nouveau in 2015. Either that or there is a shortage of Beaujolais Nouveau in China 🙂

  4. suezette
    December 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Do you know why the Dubeouf has more than one label this year?

    • talkavino
      December 25, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Unfortunately not. How does the second label looks like? Can you include a link or a picture?

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