It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day at The Whalley Wine Shop today!

Thursday Nov 21st is Beaujolais Nouveau Day at The Whalley Wine Shop, and we will be opening the Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf for you to taste. So if you want to sample the ‘new’ Beujolais Nouveau on the first day of its release then head on down to The Whalley Wine Shop for a free sample and tell us what you think!!

Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” used to see heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. Beaujolais Nouveau is a purple-pink wine reflecting its youth, bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavours as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop. The wine is recommended to be slightly chilled.

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At the shop on Thursday 21st we will be opening the Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf, always a leader in the styles of Beaujolais, including Nouveau. And we’ll be offering his Beaujolais Nouveau for £9.99 per bottle. Also to celebrate Beaujolais we have filled our By The Glass dispenser with…….

Beaulolais Cru wines now available “By The Glass’

You can also taste  a selection of 8 Beaujolais Cru wines “By The Glass”, these include:

Wines of Beaujolais available By The Glass at The Whalley Wine Shop
Wines of Beaujolais available By The Glass at The Whalley Wine Shop

Laurent Martray, Cote De Brouilly “Les Feuillees” 2011 –  Grown on, single vineyard, 100 year old vines. Lots of floral notes with raspberry and blackberry fruit nose. Lots of red fruit on the palate with a long mineral finish.

Domaine Melinand, Chiroubles 2005 –  A great example of cru Beaujolais from the renowned 2005 vintage. A little pinot-er in character. More of a cherry nose here, with good acidity on the palate and a sour cherry flavour. Great style.

Jean-Marc Monnet, Juliennas 2011 –  The Julienas Tradition is a superb example of how enjoyable well made Gamay can be, the nose is classically bright red fruited with added notes of dried herbs, especially thyme, along with a dusty cocoa note. The palate has wonderfully supple tannins that really give the fruit and good twang. There’s loads of black cherry and ripe raspberry to keep you interested and a great length of flavour.

Villa Ponciago, Fleurie “La Reserve” 2010 –  Over 1,000 years of viniculture, “Villa Ponciago” was the original latin name when owned by the Abbaye De Cluny in 949AD. This wine shows a complex minerality specific to the hills it is grown on. Good fresh fruit flavours and a rich silky smooth finish, with subtle tannins.

Domaine Coudert Fleurie , Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive 2011 –  Despite the title ‘Cuvee Tardive’ this is not a dessert style of wine, it’s simply picked 10 days later than the main wine giving greater ripeness in the aromas and on the palate. Because of this ripeness, it has been aged in barrel rather than foudres which impart added structure and give it the backbone to age gracefully for up to 10 years.

Chateau De Beauregard, Les Colonies de Rochegres, Fleurie 2003 –  A little older than the rest of the wines on show. Paler in colour. Ripe berries and raspberries, a little minerality and hint of sweetness. Quite a powerful palate with spices and an earthy finish, more Gevrey than Beaujolais.

Domaine de Rochemure, Morgon, 2011 –  Grown on 45 year old vines, at the peak of their development. The wine is aged in old, large 300ltr barrels. Lots of red fruit on the nose, such as strawberries and redcurrants. These are followed through on the palate, with a little savoury black olive. Good finish.

Dominique Piron, Brouilly, 2010 –  A great wine to share with friends with a big dish of stew. Rich black fruits on the nose. Nice blackberries and blueberries on the palate with savoury spices and a good structure. A nicely warming finish.

8 fine Beaujolais Cru wines available By The Glass
8 fine Beaujolais Cru wines available By The Glass
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8 delicious Australian Wines available ‘by the glass’

Here’s what’s in our ‘By The Glass’ dispenser at the moment….and there’s some really nice stuff from the other side of the planet….. 8 fab Aussie wines…

1. Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra, Unfiltered Shiraz, 2010. Dense purple crimson colour, lots of black sharply flavoured fruits and hints of liquorice. Very full bodie, rich and quite textured, long savoury notes on the finish. This is £66.95 a bottle, and you can sample it from £2.70.

2. The Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” CabSauv/Syrah, 2010. Homage to Amarone. Incredibly rich and complex, revealing multi-layers of dark fruit and spice. Spice and perfume on the nose, rum and raisin, fruit cake (without being jammy), black fruits on the palate, supple fruit on the mid palate, long smooth and incredibly persistent. This is £29.95 a bottle and you can sample it from £1.20 or buy a 125ml glass for £6.

Sample Tapanappa Wrattonbully at The Whalley Wine Shop
Sample Tapanappa Wrattonbully at The Whalley Wine Shop

3. Tapanappa Wrattonbully, Merlot 2006. Love the name! Excellent crimson hue, really potent merlot fruits, strawberry, plum and blackberry. Hints of savoury herb flavours, still some drying tannin towards the end. £43.95 a bottle, you can sample it for £1.80.

4. Best’s Great Western Young Vine Pinot Meunier, 2010. An unuasual red wine as the grape concerned is usually one of the three used in Champagne! Clean, fresh, and lively with savoury red fruits and integrated oak. Fine grain tannin structure and good acid balance. Medium body and great length and persistence. £22.95 a bottle, sample it for just £1.

5. Fraser Gallup Wilyabrup Chardonnay, 2010. Bright aromas of white peach, citrus, struck flint and white toast are followed by a fresh, full bodied, structured palate that offers both richness of mouthfeel and crystalline purity. A benchmark modern Chardonnay. It’s £24.95 a bottle, sample it for £1, or buy a glass for £5.

6. Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon, 2004. Classic vintage. Shows a tight structured palate with considerable length and breadth of citrus fruit flavours. Shows hints of toasty bottle aged complexity, an iconic Aussie wine. £34.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.50.

7. Best’s Great Western Concongella Blanc, 2011. Interesting. A field blend of up to 39 grape varieties, 8 of which are unknown! Light straw in colour with a green hue. A bouquet of tropical fruit and lifted spice. A generous palate, buckets of frsh fruit, nice lime and mineral edge to bring things to a balanced finish. £34.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.50.

8. Skilogallee Trevarrick, Single Contour Riesling, 2010. Handpicked from the highest altitude, earliest ripening contour on the estate. A typical hint of petrol on the initial nose, but overtaken by floral nots and orange blossom, Stone fruits on the palate with a little lemon/lime hint. Good acidity throughout. £26.95 a bottle, sample it for £1.10.

There you have it, 8 fine wines at £23 plus a bottle. If you don’t regularly buy wines over £20 a bottle, then this is a fantastic way to sample them and see which ones you like. You might just discover your new favourite wine!

Sample wine 'By The Glass' at The Whalley Wine Shop
Sample wine ‘By The Glass’ at The Whalley Wine Shop

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