Every year on the third Thursday of November the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is released to the World.
What is this wine? It is a wine made from the Gamay grape is fermented by carbonic maceration and is released in 6 weeks. This wine is made to be consumed very young, within one year or less. This wine is virtually tannin free and is easy to drink is very fruity, light bodied. It is best served chilled and a very popular compliment to Thanksgiving dinners. This wine comes from Beaujolais a region in the southern part of Burgundy France.
I would like to expand on this region and what it has to offer. I would to categorize Beaujolais into four categories, they are:
1. Beaujolais Nouveau
2. Beaujolais AOC
3. Beaujolais Village AOC
4. Cru Beaujolais
Beaujolais AOC-This appellation allows wine to be made from Gamay grapes from 96 villages in the Beaujolais region, including Beaujolais Nouveau.
Beaujolais Village AOC is a step up from the Beaujolais AOC and is used from Gamay grapes from 39 Communes and accounts for a smaller production of Beaujolais.
Cru Beaujolais is the highest category of classification in Beaujolais. These wines are made from grapes in only ten villages and these wines are made from lower yield vineyards are more full bodied, darker in color and significantly longer-lived. These are wines that unlike other Beaujolais can put the names of the villages on the label. The ten villages of Cru Beaujolais are: Brouilly, Regnie, Chiroubles, Cote De Brouilly, Fleurie, Saint-Amour, Chenas, Julienas, Morgon And Moulin-A-Vent.
So now that you know something about Beaujolais, stop in at Ryan’s and try some of these wine. And stop in on Thursday, November 17th for the unveiling of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau!