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What is Beaujolais Nouveau?


(posted 11/19/2009)

Artisan Vineyards' Larry Colbeck and Wil Bailey answer the question: What is Beaujolais Nouveau and review Joseph Drouhin's Beaujolais Nouveau 2009.

As Larry says in this video all of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau has been shipped to the retailers about town. Please get out there and snap up your share so you can celebrate the first of the 2009 vintage too!

Below we've listed some of the great Crus of the Beaujolais appellation and we encourage you to try those too!

Featured Wines


Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages 2007 
Characteristics: To me Beaujolais has always been like that kid that your parents MADE you invite to your party. In this case it’s much more like their much cuter older sibling. Unexpectedly fresh and vibrant, with a classically grapey Beaujolais nose along with a touch of violet and raspberry syrup. The palate has good structure and plenty more red fruit. I have to give this begrudging kudos. -JL (tasted Feb '09)
Origin: France
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $14.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Fleurie 2005 
Characteristics: A fine example of what I would like more Beaujolais to be –with more of everything save weight. Hand harvested from granitic soil, Drouhin’s Fleurie shows all charm we long for from the cru category. Aromas of raspberries spread over dark brown toast greet the nose and give way to a floral, strawberry leaf high note. Lovely come-hither sort of Fleuries can pull off the delicate scents and flavors of loamy red and black raspberries because of their distinct acidity. It is a lighter red, predominantly fruity and floral but with more delineation than most. And this structure sets Gamay into a comely mosaic of proportion, ripe fruit and engaging aromas. A wine to serve with duck, mushroom Vol-au-vents, or roasted Cornish Game Hens. How about this Sunday? -NL (tasted January 2009)
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $22.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Drouhin Morgon 2007 
Characteristics: 2007 Joseph Drouhin Morgon…Drouhin has always made a nice selection of Beaujolais Villages wines, and the Morgon offering continues to be one of the better. Delicate and perfumey in the nose, the wine displays plenty of cranberry and cherry fruit, followed by nice snappy acidity on the finish. -Wine review by CM, September 2009
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $17.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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St Charles - Conroy Cote de Brouilly 2008 
Characteristics: Grown mostly in the Beaujolais region and a bit in the Loire, Gamay has garnered a devoted following the world over -including some dynamic vintners in unexpected corners who are true advocates of the variety. It usually emphasizes fruitiness with lots of raspberry, some cherry and strawberry though in certain locales particularly the Cru of Beaujolais its personality reflects the soils. Wines made of Gamay are easy drinking especially in the Loire and usually in Beaujolais though here wines from the best vineyard areas, the Cru, can have more substance. Though soft, fragrant, fruity Beaujolais is mostly to be drunk young, wines of some of these Cru are best left for a few years and can age for 10 to 12 years. One of my favorite quaffers and ubiquitous to the Bistros of Paris.
Origin: France - Beaujolais
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $17.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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