The Nouveau wine movement began over 100 years ago in France’s Beaujolais region (just south of where the beautiful Pinot’s and Chardonnay’s from Burgundy are grown). The easy-drinking, quick maturing wine was initially made by winemakers to celebrate the end of harvest with their employees. The result is Beaujolais Nouveau – released the 3rd Thursday of November every year.
News of this French tradition spread quickly and today it is anticipated and celebrated all over the word with retailers getting limited amounts. Once it’s gone its gone.
The 2010 vintage is set to be dry with an abundant fresh fruity bouquet and palate – best served with a summer BBQ of light meats such as grilled pork sausages or sticky chicken wings! Turkey is another good match – perfect for those Thanksgiving celebrations.
They are fun, not serious wines that should be drunk within a 6-month period though I would definitely be consuming these before February to experience that fresh, fruity classic Beaujolais taste.