Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!!!!
Oui… It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time once again!
Beaujolais Nouveau is always the first French wine of the year’s harvest to be released for sale. Under French law, this must never take place before 12:01 am on the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest (which usually takes place a few weeks before).
Only Gamay grapes go into Beaujolais Nouveau, and these are hand picked in the Beaujolais region of Burgundy, France. Only two appellations in this region can produce the wine – Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages, who combined cover around 11,000 hectares of vineyards. This fresh and fruity red has always been the ‘vin de l’année’ to celebrate the end of the harvest, but until World War II was only for local consumption.
Beaujolais Nouveau is intended for immediate drinking and has very little Tannin. Unlike most red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau is best when drunk slightly chilled (about 13°C or 55°F) and within the first six months of its release.
The uncorking of the first Beaujolais bottles is marked with torchlight parades and fireworks at midnight.
Written by Raquel Segura for the Je Suis. PARIS Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation where you can taste delicious wines while experiencing the best of Paris and it’s locals? Check out Esprit de Paris tour.