Beaujolais Nouveau

Today is the start of the third week in November, and for a wine geek like me that’s exciting, because on Thursday is the release of the 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau.  I have been told that this is going to be an outstanding vintage (some say the best since 1947,) which makes me even happier.  

For those of you who don’t know Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France.  The Gamay grapes were harvested and fermented three short weeks ago, making this a very young wine.  The grapes are harvested by hand, and then fermented in a specific manner to highlight the fruit flavors without extracting the grapes tannins.  The result is a fresh, light bodied, fruit driven wine with very subtle tannins and refreshing acidity.  

This year we’re carrying Beaujolais Nouveau, from a small family owned and run estate, Domain Durdilly. The Durdilly estate sits atop some of the highest hills in Beaujolais where the 40 -70 year old vines are planted in pure white chalky soil.  This unique terroir produces a serious Beaujolais Nouveau that showcases the true character of Gamay.  

With Domain Durdilly Beaujolais Nouveau you should expect a purplish, red wine with a youthful nose of flowers, raspberry and strawberry jam.  The palate is light bodied with notes of plum, strawberry and cherry, followed by a medium finish with medium to high acidity.  

This fantastic wine will be available Thursday, November 19th.  Be sure to get yours while it lasts, it is a great wine to share with your friends and family on Thanksgiving.   

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