The 2009 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has just been released this past Thursday,
November 19th. The first wine of the 2009 vintage - from anywhere in the world - to be released to
the market, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau is always a big event in the wine world. A
celebration and prelude of what's to come from the year's recent harvest, this wine also comes out
in the U.S. market just in time to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made using a different fermentation technique from typical red wines. Rather
than crushing the berries to release the juice from the skins and create greater contact between
the two, for Beaujolais Nouveau the whole berries are fermented intact. As fermentation begins
within the berries, CO2 is generated which then slowly bursts the skins over the course of
This process, called carbonic maceration, yields a wine that is light in color, body, and tannin,
since there is little extraction of these elements from the grape skins. With very little bottle
aging - only a few weeks - the young, immature fruit flavors are highly emphasized.
Beaujolais Nouveau Wine & Food Pairing
- Delicious paired with Fall dishes such as ham and roast turkey, or chicken
- Easy Food and Wine pairings with Beaujolais Nouveau:
Empanadas with Cranberry-Pineapple Salsa
2009 Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting Reviews
duBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau
Light and clean
aroma, reminiscent of tart cranberries. Smooth and bright on the palate.
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