Beaujolais Nouveau, as opposed to “regular” Beaujolais (or Beaujolais-Villages), is released on the third Thursday of November. The release date is a yearly celebration, and some retailers and restaurateurs keep the festivities going through the holiday season.
As the first wine released each year, Beaujolais Nouveau theoretically gives you a snapshot of the quality of the latest vintage. The wine is intended for immediate consumption, and boasts a profile of lively fruit, fresh acidity, and… more fruity fruit.
For the past 18 years, on the third Thursday of November, we have held our annual blind tasting of Beaujolais Nouveau with our sales staff. Beaujolais Nouveau isn’t intended to be a serious wine, but you can learn a lot from a blind tasting, as you’re forced to pay attention to color, aromas, acidity, fruitiness, tannins, and more.
Take a bottle home and see if you agree with our ratings!
2012 Astor Wines & Spirits Staff annual blind tasting results:
1st Place: Beaujolais Nouveau, Christophe Pacalet (Out of Stock)
2nd Place: Beaujolais “Primeur” Pierre Chermette, Vissoux (Out of Stock)
3rd Place: Beaujolais Nouveau, Rochette (Out of Stock)
4th Place: Beaujolais Nouveau, Dupeuble
5th Place: Beaujolais Nouveau “Ancien”, Terres Dorées (Out of Stock)
6th Place: Beaujolais Nouveau, Rodet