3rd Thursday of November is Beaujolais time!

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Traditionally, on the third Thursday in November, the Beaujolais Nouveau – in Belgium the “nouveau beaujolais” and in the Netherlands the “Beaujolais scoop” – is presented to consumers. The Beaujolais is wine of the first pressing, with a lot of ‘fruit’. This years’ winemakers announced that 2017 is a “colorful and fruity” vintage.

Beaujolais Nouveau
The young, fresh Beaujolais Primeur or Nouveau is on the market every year on the 3rd Thursday of November. The annual production is around 88 million bottles. This is about 1/3 of the total wine production in the Beaujolais. The Dutch are (after the French and the Germans) the 3rd largest Beaujolais Primeur drinkers in the world. The wine region of Beaujolais falls partly in the Burgundy wine region. The red beaujolais wine is made from the grape variety ‘Gamay noir’.

History of the Beaujolais
Beaujolais Nouveau has a tradition dating back to the 19th century. It was then customary in the Beaujolais to market the first wines of the harvest as soon as possible in Lyon and Paris. The wine was transported immediately after picking the grapes in wooden barrels by carriage or by boat. Often the fermentation took place only during transport. Nowadays the wine first yeasts before being bottled and transported. Beaujolais Nouveaus are light and fruity and are drunk cooler than most other red wines (at approx. 12 ° C / 53.6 ° F). The wine is best consumed within a year after the harvest, so that it still has its full freshness and fruitiness.

What does it cost and does it taste any good?
Part of the appeal of Beaujolais Nouveau wine is that in comparison to other vintages it’s relatively affordable. If you’re looking to enjoy a bottle from the comfort of your own home it will set you back €3-10 and in a restaurant you’ll have to fork out €10-35. As far as the taste goes this year winemakers announced that 2017 is a “colorful and fruity” vintage. “It’s a characterful wine with a taste that lasts well in the mouth … A good vintage,” as they would like to call it.