The countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 is well underway.
As the UK's only Beaujolais wine specialist, we're here to share the most useful info and interesting stories around Beaujolais Nouveau as we head towards 20th November 2014.
We have three deliciously individual Beaujolais Nouveaux from three very special wine makers - which will be despatched for delivery on Thursday 20th November. To find out more about each wine, click on the links below and if you have any questions do please get in touch.
The third Thursday in November is always a highlight in our yearly calendar and a busy day for us. However, Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 was particularly exciting as there was a bigger buzz about Beaujolais than usual in the media yesterday.
Various pieces from the UK’s leading press titles were reporting an increase in sales and asking whether Beaujolais was seeing a revival.
As the UK’s only Beaujolais specialist wine merchant, we wanted to round up the coverage and contribute to this debate - giving our own views on the possible revival for Beaujolais’ wines.
So with Beaujolais Day celebrations for the first release Nouveau wines just two days away, the region’s trade body, Inter Beaujolais, has just released its 2014 vintage report. The good news is that the Beaujolais 2014 vintage has been labelled as a promising one, producing wines that should be very elegant!
Since Beaujolais Nouveau’s release day was first made popular in the 1960s, the event has captured the imagination of wine lovers around the world. And there's one corner of the UK where Beaujolais Day is particularly popular...
Beaujolais Nouveau is not a wine to sniff, swirl and contemplate too much – rather a light-hearted wine to enjoy in a relaxed way. There are many characteristics commonly shared by all Beaujolais Nouveau, so what should you look for when tasting it?
Beaujolais Nouveau is one of very few wines to be produced, bottled and released within a few weeks of the harvest. This means employing a speedy winemaking method called semi-carbonic maceration. This technique is also known as ‘whole grape fermentation’ or ‘the Beaujolais method’ as the region’s proud winemakers prefer to call it.
There’s good reason to call Beaujolais Nouveau the world’s fastest wine. Not only does it go from grapes on the vine to 30 million bottles in just two months, but its release also inspires a race to speed the first bottles to Paris, Europe and other markets around the globe.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the celebration of the first French wine of the year to be released, just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 takes place on Thursday 20th November.
Beaujolais Nouveau wine is launched on the third Thursday of November every year, at the stroke of midnight. The uncorking of this ‘new wine’ is marked by parties, fireworks and other festivities.
Banners proclaim the news: “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” (The New Beaujolais has arrived!)