It is that time of year. It's a gulp-able, grapey, fruity, cheerful, festive time of year. Time for Beaujolais Nouveau!
Every third Thursday in November, Beaujolais (a designated wine appellation in France) releases their vin primeur, or first wine. This wine is young, seven to nine weeks old, and meant to be consumed young. Fresh Beaujolais Nouveau is vibrant and celebratory. Do not confuse it with it's much more sophisticated sibling, Beaujolais Cru (well-made Gamay Noir from appellations including Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie and Brouilly). It is not meant to be admired, collected, aged or critiqued. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk, or rather gulped. A great way to welcome in the festive season.
Featured this weekend at Le Petit Bar is a flight of three Beaujolais wines; Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, and Beaujolais Cru. Taste the three side by side and compare. This is a great way to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau season and to start your exploration of French Gamay Noir.
Le Petit Bar Beaujolais Nouveau Flight, three 2oz pours $9
1. Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2012, AC Beaujolais
2. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2012, AC Beaujolais-Villages
3. Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees 2010, AC Morgon