The start of the holiday season is really the third Thursday of November—Beaujolais Nouveau Day! Yes, I know that makes me a tool of the wine marketing machine, but I admit that and then open a bottle or two of Beaujolais Nouveau because it’s fun and festive.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this wine, Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Beaujolais region of France. The wine is made using Gamay grapes, but unlike most wines, it isn’t aged before it’s released for sale. Within a 6-8 week period, the grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented, bottled, and shipped to distributors and wine stores. It is a fruity, low-acid wine, and the whole purpose of enjoying the immature wine is to get a sneak peak at what the year’s vintage of Beaujolais will taste like. Beaujolais Nouveau should really be consumed within the few months of its release. I never drink it after January, as it’s not meant to age in a bottle. The longer it sits, the less enjoyable it will be.
And with that, let’s take a look at the 2014 vintage…
I ended up with two bottles, one that I bought from Whole Foods and another that a friend gave to me because he knows how ridiculously excited I get about Beaujolais Nouveau Day. And, just like last year, the two bottles had different labels. However, this year, I felt that they tasted similar.
The 2014 Georges DeBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau (winery, snooth) is 100% Gamay grapes and is from Beaujolais, France. The wine was a medium, watery ruby with purplish tints. On the nose, there were candied strawberries and hints of white pepper. In the mouth, there were strawberries, raspberries, and hints of white pepper, thyme, and orange zest. The wine had a light-to-medium body with medium acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine/beer in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $10 a bottle, this wine was surprisingly complex for being so young. It has nice flavors and is very drinkable. It’s a wine that, as we enter the final stretch of the the end of the holiday season, you should definitely keep in mind. It’s perfect for a big dinner with family or friends because it’s not only affordable, but also food friendly. It will pair nicely with a roasted turkey or Christmas ham.
As for me, I actually didn’t end up enjoying this wine on the Third Thursday of November. I had a work event followed by a condo board meeting, so it wasn’t until Saturday night that I finally opened my first bottle. Hubby and I had spent the day packing in preparation for our big move–we put an offer in on a house and it was accepted, so we’ll hopefully be in the new place by Christmas! After a full day of packing, I was ready to put my feet up and just relax, so I poured a glass, pulled out my knitting, and turned on a movie. The wine was enjoyable on its own and was a great way to decompress after the stress of packing.
Question of the Day: Are you a Beaujolais Nouveau fan or do you prefer to ignore the hype?
Purchased at Whole Foods Market
Overall: 3.5 Corks