Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day, the annual celebration to honour the end of the harvest and offer the first taste of the new vintage. It happens every year on the third Thursday of November and it always feels like a turning point. It’s the moment the season turns a corner. Autumn becomes winter and Christmas is within reach.
Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape – and is a light-bodied wine, so it’s often thought of as a summer drink, but we think it’s more suited to the dark, cold months. Its cool bite (Beaujolais is best drunk slightly chilled) peps you up and it goes really well with steamy, hot casseroles from coq au vin to daube de boeuf.
The Whalley Wine Shop has just taken delivery of the Georges Duboeuf 2015 vintage and we have it on sale at £9.99 a bottle or £55 for 6 bottles (9.17 a bottle). Or if you would like a sample of the wine then we have it available By The Glass too. We really recommend you try this wine as the spotlight this year is definitely on the quality of the 2015 vintage.
Georges Duboeuf and his winemaking team believe this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau will be one of the best they’ve ever produced. “Thanks to an extremely early harvest and blazing sunshine throughout the summer, our grapes have obtained perfect maturity this year, this is why we believe that 2015 is such a special year and can compete with 1947, 1976, 2005 and 2009 – maybe even surpassing them.”
The 2015 vintage is predicted to be one of the all-time greats. The color is a deep red with tones of purple and garnet, and the nose offers a magnificent array of blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry. The wine is round, full-bodied with a long finish.
Georges Duboeuf is a premium producer of award-winning French wines from the Beaujolais and Maconnais regions of Burgundy and the South of France. Georges Duboeuf is the number 1 selling brand of Beaujolais in the world and the world’s highest scoring French wine brand under $20, according to Wine Advocate (2009-2013).
If you would like to try it, then please pop in and say hello!