A week and a half ago, on the third Thursday of November, the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau was released. That particular Thursday was a busy day at work for me, as it was the delivery date of my first big project at my new job, so by the time I left work, I was far too exhausted to buy a bottle to taste, although I mentioned to Hubby that I was sorry to miss the release. Friday, though, was a different story. I spent the day playing catch-up at work, as well as reading a few reviews about the latest vintage. When my boss let us leave work a couple of hours early, before heading home, I couldn’t resist a visit to my local wine store.
The 2009 George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau (winery, snooth) was 100% Gamay grapes with a nice, deep purple color. On the nose, there were aromas of the strawberry jam you get from the little diner packets mixed with some grapes and cherries. In the mouth, not only wasn’t there a jammy taste, but also there was very little strawberry flavor. Instead, the wine tasted like sour cherries, tart raspberries, and a hint of cinnamon. The wine had a good, substantial body and a surprising amount of acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. For $13, the 2009 George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun, fruity wine. It’s not complicated, but still is very pleasant both on its own and with food. Beaujolais, and particularly Beaujolais Nouveau, are meant to drink young, so this is a wine that you should buy and enjoy now rather than keep… and it’s definitely one that is enjoyable.