While I love a quirky Beaujolais, I always look forward to an even quirkier Beaujolais Nouveau in November. This is because the third Thursday of November each year is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, and this year it was Thursday 21st, which is the day you could see me running to the nearest wine shop straight from work and bringing home a bottle of the first 2019 vintage of the year!
But what is Beaujolais Nouveau and why are we celebrating it?
Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of Beaujolais (100% Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais area in Burgundy) which has a distinctive fermentation process called carbonic maceration - basically, you don't crush the grapes prior to fermentation, but you let them ferment in a sealed, carbon dioxide rich vat. As such, the juice ferments while still inside the grape - how cool is that! The result is a very fruity, young wine with low tannins, which is ready to party. Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November, which is when your favourite wine shop will put up a sign saying "Beaujolais Nouveau Day!".
My choice for this year is Beaujolais Nouveau, Chateau Cambon, by Domaine Lapierre, 2019.
The Background. If the name Lapierre rings a bell, then it means you read my previous blog post about Raisins Gaulois. And now here we are with their latest release!
Tasting notes. This wine is something out of this world. The colour is everything already, bright red with some depth, but still glowing. On the nose it's just so fruity, every red fruit you can think of is definitely there. On the palate it's a fruit juice explosion with a lot of freshness, mouth-watering acidity and super low tannins. My advice: drink this shortly after you buy it, as it's got that energy of a young wine full of freshness; serve lightly chilled but really just lightly, we don't want that fridge vibe to affect it; open it, finish it and be merry, it's not one to save for the next day, I mean you can do, like I did, but it's at its best straight after opening the bottle.
Where to buy? Another one from Salthouse Bottles for me, but you can also find this at Terroirs Wine Bar in London and through Les Caves de Pyrene. Price range: £15 - £20.