Beaujolais is unique. There is no other wine quite like it that combines such a wonderful accessibility of fruit, but with an underlying structure, which makes it appropriate for early drinking and yet can also offer unexpected surprises when left to age. Bordeaux Nouveau 2013 was specially flown to India by Air France for its release according to tradition on the third Thursday of November. Left: Bordeaux Nouveau 2013 uncorked at Gurgaon’s Pullman Hotel
In reality there are three Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages, and the 10 crus which come from the better vineyards. Beaujolais Nouveau may be the best known of the three, but it is the simplest, writes Rosemary George, MW.
Beaujolais Nouveau has enjoyed a huge marketing success. There is something rather exciting about drinking the very first wine of that year’s harvest. In its heyday there was an annual Beaujolais Nouveau race to London, inspired by a journalist at London’s “Sunday Times”. These days Beaujolais Nouveau is still popular in France itself, and also enjoys a huge success in Japan and other countries that are relative newcomers to wine.
At its best it is fresh and fruity, with acidity rather than tannin, and should have an accessible quaffable appeal. A good Beaujolais Nouveau will mature into a Beaujolais or Beaujolais Villages, so it makes a great introduction to the other Beaujolais.
Read more about Beaujolais by SI correspondent, Rosemary George, in Issue 1, 2014 of Sommelier India.