Beaujolais Nouveau wine causes quite a stir on the third Thursday of every November. We spoke about this light red wine from the Beaujolais region of France on CBC’s Ontario Morning today (I’ll post the clip later).
Beaujolais nouveau is meant to celebrate the current vintage. It’s harvested, fermented and bottled within weeks and is meant to be gulped now in bistros with friends, not cellared or analyzed. Here are some of my picks from this year’s crop below as well as beaujolais nouveau food pairings.
You can also look for nouveau wines from other regions, including Canada, Italy and other regions of France. Beaujolais cru wines, also made from the gamay grape, have a longer shelf life and are more complex. Enjoy!
The brightest, happiest and most classic beaujolais nouveau to crack open. Zippy cherry flavours. Finishes with a smile. Drink: 2012-2012. 932780 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100.
The most elegant of the nouveaus with cherry flavours and a smoky finish. Drink: 2012-2012. 113266 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100.
The Fool Reif Gamay Nouveau 2012, Niagara, Ontario
Strawberry and sweet cherry notes, medium bodied. The Canadian version of beaujolais to drink now. Drink: 2012-2012. 220483 12% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 85/100.
Full-bodied with black fruit. An Italian version of beaujolais to drink right now… I do mean right now, not tomorrow. Drink: 2012-2012. 271759 12% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 85/100.
Jeanjean Primeur, Couleurs D’automne Syrah 2012, Midi, France
Definitely the best of the nouveau bunch. Rich and full-bodied with some actual character. Drink: 2012-2012. 899948 12% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100.
Cherry flavours with some bubblegum on the finish. Medium-bodied. Drink in the next hour. Drink: 2012-2012. 897934 12% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100.
Georges Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau 2012, Beaujolais, France
Bright cherry notes with some stemmy, herbal aromas and flavours. Drink now. Drink: 2012-2012. 891846 12% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 85/100.
Cherry-berry flavour with slurp-it-up taste. Medium-bodied. The Italian version of beaujolais nouveau. Drink now. Drink: 2012-2012. 899955 12% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 86/100.
A vibrant, quaffable nouveau with dark cherry and peppers notes. Smooth and mouth-watering, this is an excellent value and one of the best Ontario nouveaus. Drink: Now. 318600 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100