Beaujolais NouveauAppellation Régionale
Grape Variety :
Site: the Beaujolais area, although part of greater Burgundy, is very distinct on many accounts. The villages have a different look: instead of slate, the houses have roofs made of red tiles reminiscent of Provence and the Mediterranean world.
History & tradition: Maison Joseph Drouhin has always been deeply involved with the Beaujolais region and was indeed a pioneer when, in the early fifties, they were the first to bottle and ship Beaujolais Nouveau.
Soil: it is pink granite (and not limestone as in Côte-d'or).
Thanks to our experience in the region, we have been able to select various cuvées that complement one another very well and will produce a typical "primeur" wine.
This is where the Gamay grape is king. The type of pruning used in Beaujolais is called "gobelet": no wires between the vines; each plant grows by itself, independently from the others.
Method: traditional for Beaujolais; semi-carbonic maceration, full bunches of grapes.
Maceration: 4 to 10 days.
Ageing: stainless steel vat.
Short maturing: the wine is released less than two months following the harvest.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"The wines have a dark red colour, deep, with bluish tints. The nose is very expressive with aromas of blackberry, licorice and blueberry. The palate is full, rather generous, and on these same fruity notes.
Some slight acidity brings an agreeable freshness.
The Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 is very flattering and can be enjoyed with pleasure as an aperitif, with cold meats, or simple dishes of regional specialties".
Drink young at 14°-15°C (57°-59° F).