Remember, Remember the Third Thursday of November


A bottle of Beaujolais NouveauNot quite as poetic as Guy Fawkes day, but, the third Thursday of every November sees the release of Beaujolais Nouveau (as well as the race on every group authored wine blog to get the first post on the wine) to the world.

First, a little backstory. I have a fond place in my heart for Beaujolais Nouveau. A few years ago, as I was getting into wine, the third Thursday in November just happened to land on my birthday. Driving to work, a story came up on NPR talking about the young wine and saying a little bit about the history of the wine. ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘what a wonderful little birthday present.’ I traipsed out to a store, bought a bottle and while it wasn’t an outstanding wine, it was light, inoffensive and moderately tasty. Every year since, more or less, I’ve manage to get my bottle, sometimes a week late, and enjoy my little birthday treat. So, you’ll have to excuse me if I’m a little … forgiving when it comes to the overall quality of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Now, there were more than a few posts about Beaujolais Nouveau last year, but since I haven’t seen any this year yet, so who knows, maybe I’m first. Yay me.

A little history on Beaujolais Nouveau, for everyone who hasn’t just clicked the Wikipedia link above[1]. This wine is nothing more than an exercise to get from grape to bottle as quickly as possible. It’s really an Oktoberfest of wine; A celebration of the harvest. Up until the World War II era, it wasn’t even exported. But, when you think about it, before then how could the wine have actually made it to the world-wide extent that it does today without modern transportation means.

But this years wine. How to describe it? Well, slightly sour. Cherry overtones. A light fizz. An odd hint of dryness. Very full of berries. It feels vaguely richer than previous years, but when you are generally only drinking a wine once a year it can be hard to remember from year to year. But, I will say this: I still think
[1] My favorite comment from the above Wikipedia article:

Many wine critics criticize the “simple” or “immature” wines marketed as Beaujolais Nouveau, for instance Karen MacNeil has compared drinking Beaujolais Nouveau to eating cookie dough.

Umm. On what planet is eating cookie dough a bad thing?

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I actually just purchased several bottles of this brand of Beaujolais Nouveau after having an amazing bottle from Best Cellars on Friday night. I’m hoping that the Georges Duboeuf will be just as good.