Dust off the old French LPs, invite some friends and crack open a few bottles of this light, fresh red. “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!"
In France, the Beaujolais Nouveau release kicks off a huge festival to celebrate a successful harvest season. Around the world, lovers of this young wine wait for their first chance to taste it — and to stock up on limited quantities. Once it’s gone, the world has to wait for another year, and each year brings distinct flavours and qualities to the wine.
A great Beaujolais Nouveau will be silky smooth and medium bodied with a vibrant acidity and very little tannin. Typical flavours to look for are cherries and cola, pink peppercorn and white peach, as well as dried herb and wildflower aromas.
When planning a Beaujolais Nouveau party, there are a few things to keep in mind:
• The wines should be served slightly chilled, about 12 to 13 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit) or just slightly warmer than a white wine – an hour in the fridge should do it.
• Count on about three glasses of wine for each person.
• Serve your wines from lightest to heaviest. It's preferable to have a variety from a few of the 10 different regions (Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie and Morgon, for example) to showcase just how the Gamay grape varies from place to place.