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Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé! 2016 Edition

November 18, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

beaujolais nouveau 2016There is no shortage of the grape holidays nowadays – we celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and many other grapes, sometimes even two per day. However, the oldest grape celebration in existence is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, celebrated on the third Thursday in November, which happened to be November 17th this year.

Of course, Beaujolais Nouveau Day is not so much of a grape celebration (which would be a Gamay day) but really the celebration of the new harvest, which was a very old tradition in the Beaujolais region, neighboring Burgundy, in France. Georges Duboeuf, a famous French wine merchant, is credited with making Beaujolais Nouveau Day an international event more than 30 years ago. What was just a local harvest festival became an international event, widely anticipated and celebrated around the world, from Tokyo to Moscow to New York.

While Beaujolais Nouveau Day is [still] often dismissed as a marketing gimmick, I’m always looking forward trying the new Beaujolais Nouveau wines, to be able to see their evolution. Ever since this blog started in 2010, Beaujolais Nouveau was always part of it – here you can find the old posts from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In case you want to learn a bit more about the history of the celebration, please take a look at the post from 2012 – it contains more information than the other posts.

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Here are the notes on the 2 wines I was able to taste this year:

2016 Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais Nouveau (12% ABV, $9.99)
C: Dark ruby
N: fresh fruit, intense, ripe raspberries, herbal undertones, not over the top
P: elegant, fresh, red fruit notes, crunchy berries, excellent acidity
V: 8-, very enjoyable and elegant

2016 Paul Durdilly et Fils “Les Grandes Coasses” Beaujolais Nouveau (12.5% ABV, $9.99)
C: dark ruby
N: spicy cherries, mint, inviting
P: very limited amount of fruit, big contrast with the nose. For the Beaujolais Nouveau, might be even too restrained.
V: 7, leaving desiring more on the palate.

Talking about the two wines I tasted, I have to admit that I forgot to lightly chill them, which is recommended. This definitely had no effect on Georges Duboeuf wine, but it might be a culprit behind the limited expression of the second wine.

Before we part, I want to bring to your attention the label of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Besides the fact that I personally like it, the important part if that for the first time ever, the label for this wine was chosen by the wine consumers voting for one of the 12 different designs submitted for the competition. I think the consumers chosen well, right?

For the past 3-4 years, I find Beaujolais Nouveau a very enjoyable wine, well worthy of oenophile’s attention. What do you think of Beaujolais Nouveau? Any favorites? Cheers!

  1. November 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Nice post! I’ll be trying the 2016 Georges Duboeuf Nouveau this evening as well as three of their 2015 Cru Beaujolais wines at an online tasting this afternoon.

    • talkavino
      November 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Cliff. Georges Duboeuf has excellent Beaujolais portfolio, I had an opportunity to do very extensive tasting back in 2012 – lots of great wines.

  2. whirlaway
    November 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    In NorCal, Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is available at Whole Foods for $11.99 or $12.99. Not surprisingly, you can get it at Trader Joe’s for a lot less – $8.99

    • talkavino
      November 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Price of wine always varies between all the different retailers, so it is not surprising. Have you had a chance to try it? What do you think?

      • whirlaway
        November 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

        Yes, I tried it. I didn’t find it as good as last year’s Beaujolais Nouveau…

        • talkavino
          November 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

          Well, for the wines, there is always next year… 🙂

  3. November 19, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Tasting two options today, only ones available in Finland

    • talkavino
      November 19, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Looking forward to reading about those!

  4. November 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    This used to be an event in the Netherlands, but now it has mostly disappeared due to the lacking quality of the wines. Looks like you found at least one that is worth celebrating.

    • talkavino
      November 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Over the past 3-4 years, I find the quality of Beaujolais Nouveau to improve significantly, and for sure the wines of Georges Duboeuf are very drinkable.

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