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Beaujolais Nouveau 2015

2015 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest years ever in the Beaujolais.

Right up until the harvest, things could hardly have been better, and the harvest itself was carried out in excellent conditions. The general feeling: the yields have been very small throughout the Beaujolais area, with beautiful thick-skinned berries, which were fairly light in weight, but dark in colour. The lack of rainfall was reflected in the reduced quantity of juice.

This year the skins very quickly yielded their juice, which is a pretty garnet colour with blue tints. The bouquet has good intensity and clearly presents notes of black fruits, blackberries and liquorice with a little spice. Areas of higher altitude, which produced grapes with more acidity and freshness, were favoured in our grape purchases.

We had to be very careful during the vinifications not to extract too much tannin in order to preserve the fresh, fruity, supple and approachable character.
We remark with interest the way that the hierarchy of the appellations has been respected with the Beaujolais being slightly less coloured and lighter, and the Beaujolais villages being more full-bodied and intense.

Frédéric DROUHIN
October 8th 2015