Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the third Thursday of November, when this basic French area releases wines from its newest harvest. Bottled solely weeks after harvest, these wines are supposed to be consumed younger, inside months of buy. They provide a preview of what every classic will specific within the years forward.
Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day in America on Nov. 17 was Franck Duboeuf, CEO of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, and son of the late, legendary Georges Duboeuf, who popularized the Nouveau custom. Duboeuf led a tasting at High quality Bistro in New York (after his son lately visited for a sampling of the 2020 Georges Duboeuf Domaine and Chateaux Vintages.)
Duboeuf first launched Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé in 2018, amidst the class craze.
“It stays part of the custom now with Nouveau,” Duboeuf says. “Although a small portion of rosé was at all times made and drunk regionally in Beaujolais.”
The area’s conventional gamay grape is “apparent” for rosé, he explains, because the dark-skinned varietal produces lighter juice. Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé sees no maceration, “stem to metal,” and is pressed instantly.
The end result a purposely delicate product, mild in coloration and freshly scented. “We attempt to keep away from an excessive amount of of the exuberant aromas,” Duboeuf explains. “We want extra conventional aromas, like raspberries. We wish our rosé mild and nice, with numerous freshness and a little bit of stress. It’s simple to drink, and effectively balanced.”
The 2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Rosé Nouveau retails for $15.99 per 750-ml. bottle. It paired properly with our appetizers of crab cake, steak tartare Rossini foie gras, inexperienced garlic escargot and bibb lettuce with avocado.
Poured subsequent was a pairing of distinction: The 2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ($14.99) and the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau Chateau Chateau d’Ouilly ($17.99). The previous is the corporate’s commonplace launch, whereas the latter is a single property. The distinction? The usual bottle was well-rounded with numerous cherry flavors, whereas the single-estate supplied a bit extra acidity and freshness. Each had been delicate, nice, easy-drinking and food-friendly.
Total, the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau represented “a harvest of extremes,” Duboeuf says. A dry, cool winter noticed little to no frost injury, in contrast to final yr’s punishing chilly. Then summer season arrived with report warmth, reaching temperatures final recorded in Beaujolais in 1947.
“It was so sizzling that photosynthesis stopped,” Duboeuf recollects. This slowed maturation, leading to smaller grapes. Round 30 to 40% of the harvest was misplaced this fashion, across the similar proportion of fruit ruined by winter 2021’s horrible frost.
Regardless of summer season troubles, “We’re very pleased and happy with this classic,” Duboeuf says. “It has unimaginable acidity. We thought it may be just like the 2003 classic, the place the acidity was overboard, however that is extra balanced.”
“We just like the fashion of this classic,” he provides. “It has a deep-red coloration. Aromas are contemporary and nice. The flavors are usually not simply black berry, however brisker due to the nice ranges of acidity. We’re tempted to match 2022 with 2020, 2015 and 2009 — probably the most prestigious vintages. Time will inform.”
The tasting concluded with one other pairing: The 2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau ($15.99) and 2022 Georges Duboeuf Domaine des Trois Vallons Beaujolais Nouveau ($18.99).
The Villages launch, representing the Beaujolais northern appellation, was effectively balanced with black fruits (particularly black cherry) earlier than a pleasant tannin on the finish. “The Villages at all times produce very balanced wines,” Duboeuf says.
As for the Domaine des Trois Vallons, “I might describe it as a basket of black and purple fruits,” Duboeuf provides. With a superb physique and wealthy mouthfeel — the very best of each from the bunch — it held up splendidly with filet mignon au poivre, served a superbly medium uncommon.
Altogether, the 2022 Nouveau Day was one other showcase of the area’s wonderful and various gamay wines, poised for good ageing years forward.
“We now have a mosaic of soils in Beaujolais,” Duboeuf says. “This allows us to provide very-strong-character wines.”