What a beautiful label this year!
Are you familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau? It’s a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It’s the “new wine” of the year, only fermented for a few weeks before bottling. There is no aging involved, other than how long it takes you to pick up a bottle. I picked mine up about a week after it arrived and drank it 3 days later. We purchased Georges Duboeuf 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau from Trader Joe’s and I think it retailed for $8. There is some controversy around the wine because it’s not a mature wine. I really don’t give a crap, if it’s good I’ll drink it!
Georges Duboeuf 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau comes in at 13% ABV. I chilled the wine to about 55 degrees. That’s a bit cool for a standard red, but trust me it’s the perfect temp for Beaujolais Nouveau. We aerated the wine with our Vinturi and used stemless red wine glasses for tasting. When opened, you get the scent of a berry jam. The color of the wine is fairly vibrant, a medium violet with a fuschia rim.
Georges Duboeuf 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau has a nose full of red grape juice, berry jam, violets, rose, and plums. The berry jam scent kind of smells like strawberry, boysenberry, and raspberry all mixed in a jam. The scent and flavor are almost a dead match. There is a subtle spice to the palate that isn’t detected in the nose as well a hefty dose of red currant. As the wine opens up and warms lightly, you get an aroma of banana on the nose and the red currant flavor deepens. The tannin is not developed and is barely noticeable. The acid is at the lower end of medium. The finish is moderate in length with the merest hint of fig, minerals, and dried berries.
While this wine is simple and refreshing, I find that to be ok with me. This wine is fine for sipping alone or pairing with simple foods or uncomplicated holiday meals. I think it’s perfect for mulling and making sangria with too since it’s so fresh tasting. When serving it alone or with food, I recommend holding it close to 55 degrees to get the best showing of fruit flavors. My husband suggested this is a great summer red or perfect for red wine newbies or white wine only drinkers. I agree with him. This vintage is much better than last years which tasted like grape jelly, blood, and pennies to both of us. This gets a well deserved 87 points and we will rebuy!
Have you tried Georges Duboeuf 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau? Let us know how you felt about it!