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  • Why you should get yourself a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

    Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day, and it has been so every third Thursday of November for more than 60 years now. Yet most wine lovers will simply ignore Beaujolais Nouveau as many consider it as no more than a marketing invention to sell huge quantities of under-par wine. Is Beaujolais Nouveau actually no more than that?

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    What is Beaujolais Nouveau?

    As any Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau is 100% Gamay, a grape that is too often overlooked. It is made from grapes that were harvested two months ago and made into a light and fruity wine designed to be enjoyed young and fresh. When made with care, Beaujolais Nouveau can be deliciously fruity with intense flavours of fresh raspberry, blackberry and violet. Aromas of banana and nail polish – which have unfortunately been associated with some wines – have no more place in Beaujolais Nouveau than in any other quality wine.

    A new generation of young and talented producers really takes pride in producing excellent quality Beaujolais Nouveau. One of our favourite producers is 28-year-old Paul-Henri Thillardon, one of Beaujolais’ rising stars, whose Beaujolais Nouveau is well worth a try!

    What to pair with Beaujolais?

    As a simple and fruity wine, Beaujolais Nouveau is not made for pairing with complex dishes. It’s probably best enjoyed as an uncomplicated drink to share with your friends. In Lyon – not far from where it is produced – Beaujolais Nouveau is often paired with local sausages cooked in a Beaujolais sauce.

    If you are looking for a more complex wine to pair with food, why not trying a “Beaujolais Cru” – a wine made from grapes grown in one of the top vineyards of the region. The likes of Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie or Chénas offer more complexity and body while still exhibiting deliciously fruity aromas.

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