The 2011 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau has just been released
yesterday Thursday, November 17th. The first wine of the 2011 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.
One of the exciting things about Beaujolais Nouveau is that it's seen to offer a 'preview' of the
quality of the vintage overall. That being said, it can be quite difficult to ascertain much on
quality from a wine that's so immature. In addition, the weather throughout France isn't the same -
so what's a great year in Beaujolais may not be for Bordeaux and vice versa. But if viewed as
purely a starting point rather than a declaration of a whole vintage - why not engage in this
popular vintage guessing game sport?
Much has been said already about the just finished 2011 Wine
Harvest in France (even in fact by us!). A year of semi-erratic weather and a very early
harvest of small size, there have been many hints at this being a great year for French wines. We
didn't find anything in our tasting of the new Nouveau pointing at greatness but the wines
were decent - and we were glad to discover producer Jean-Paul Brun, whose Beaujolais Nouveau
is one we'll seek out again next year.
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
2011 Beaujolais Nouveau Tasting Reviews
DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau
Aroma is almost
tacky sweet and tart, like apple hard candy. Brightly fruity in the mouth but a
little thin. Balanced though quick
2011 Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres
Beaujolais Nouveau "L'Ancien"
from the DuBoeuf, with an earthy, rustic nose and more heft. Darker fruit on the palate with nice
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