Sunday, November 29, 2015

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé

The third Thursday of November is a wonderful day in the world of wine, because it is Beaujolais Nouveau release day!  Beaujolais Nouveau is a vin de primeur (wine sold in the same year that it was harvested) made from the Gamay grape, which is a signature grape of the Beaujolais wine region in France.   Harvest season in France is usually between late August and early October, so the Beaujolais Nouveau is only fermented for a few weeks before it's release.  As such, it is light-bodied and not complex, but it is easy-drinking and often has a strawberry flavor.  Judging by this year's Nouveau, 2015 seems to have been a strong year for the Beaujolais region.

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