Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Every year, under French law, the new vintage of a distinct red wine from the Beaujolais region of France is released on the third Thursday in November. Known as Beaujolais Nouveau, the youthful wine is made from Gamay grapes and is bottled ready to drink in just 6-8 weeks after harvest. Traditionally a celebration to recognize the end of a long, exhausting French wine harvest, Beaujolais Nouveau Day has grown to become an anticipatory event and even a race to release the wines to fans worldwide.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a fresh and straightforward wine that tastes best when chilled. The wine is made using a winemaking technique called carbonic maceration, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. This method creates a fruity wine with aromas of red berries, banana and bubblegum and very low tannins. It is an inexpensive wine that is meant to be drunk right away rather than store and age.
The rapid rise in global marketing and popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau has not been without controversy. Decline in quality in the 1990s led to consumer pushback against the wine style, and the public distaste overshadowed the quality winemaking and burgeoning excitement for more sophisticated Beaujolais wines being made in the region to this day.
But perhaps during a year of uncertainty, the predictable timing and taste of a Beaujolais Nouveau is what we all need. And while we can’t enjoy a bottle or two with friends right now, we can still get a taste of what wine lovers around the globe wait for each year.
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