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Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 is coming

Beaujolais Nouveau is a young red wine made from handpicked Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France, where the beverage accounts for half of the region’s production.

While most red wines improve with age, Beaujolais Nouveau is all about freshness. Many producers, including regional giant Georges Duboeuf (one of the founder of the Beaujolais Nouveau day), race to deliver the first of the vintage to celebrations throughout France and the world.

Under French law, the wine may only be released at 12:01 a.m (French time), so 1:01 am in South Africa, on the third Thursday of November (the 17th of November in 2011), just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Fermentation is so short that the resulting wine exhibits fruity flavors and light tannins. Beaujolais Nouveau should be consumed right away (or within a year of being made), and is best served slightly cooled (12 deg). Nearly half of the wine’s 70-million-bottle production is exported abroad, mainly to Japan, Germany and the United States (where it is popularly enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner).

While you may not be able to find a wide range of Beaujolais Nouveau in South Africa, you will definitely be able to find some from Georges Duboeuf, which is a good introduction to this particular wine.
This year, Georges Duboeuf collaborated with renowned Brooklyn artist Michael McLeer, a.k.a. Kaves, to create Nouveau Expression, a celebration of creativity, self-expression and enjoying the moment, to coincide with Duboeuf’s release of the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau.

And for information, other types of “nouveau” or “primeur” wines can also be found, such as Côtes du Rhône, Gaillac, …