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    Question Beaujolais Nouveaus

    is november 17 the day all Beaujolais Nouveaus are released in the u.s. or is that just the day they became available here in PA?

    i haven't had any for a few years. i just realized yesterday they were advertised as being ready.

    think i'll go get a bottle when i check the local store for bourbon
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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    You might do better to grab a Beaujolais-Villages or sibling. The Louis Jadot 2005, for example -- still available at retail around here. One of the best Beaujolais-Villages in the past two decades, reputedly, and I can attest it's certainly enjoyable.
    More and more negociants are using the Gamay juice in nicer bottlings, leaving the BN somewhat wilted these days.
    Tim

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    More and more negociants are using the Gamay juice in nicer bottlings, leaving the BN somewhat wilted these days.
    As opposed to what? It was my understanding that all Beaujolais was of the gamay varietal. Or are you saying that gamay is being siphoned off into blends other than Beaujolais?

    Quite honestly, Beaujolais Villages, and Moulin a Vent in particular, were some of our favorites early on, but lately we haven't had the taste for them. They seem much more one-dimensional and lifeless than they once were. I don't know whether to chalk that up to changing tastes or changing quality.

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Nouveau is okay but even the best of it (to my taste) has a grapey, "kool-aid" quality I have never warmed to.

    Regular Beaujolais is a different story.

    My favorites include Morgon and Fleurie. Moulin-a-vent too, which traditionally was considered one of the best.

    In a perfect world, next week Tim, Randy and Val, Jeff and Leslie, Jim and Steph, Bettye Jo and Pat, Cliff and Ying, and a bunch of other SB-ers (don't feel left out guys and gals, the list is too long to enumerate) would gather in a true Paris "zinc" wine bistro, the kind that specialises in Beaujolais which in effect is the "local" wine of Paris. We would order some Fleurie, or Morgon, or Brouilly, or whatever the proprietor tells us is good, and it would come in an unlabelled bottle because he bottles it himself from the barrel in the basement.

    We'd have his good French bread and one of his mixed cold cuts or cheese platters to go with it, or maybe a hot dish like a quiche with a salad.

    And we'd sup and talk and discuss the merits of the wine (which is superb) and other things from politics to music to - whiskey, even.

    And then we'd walk down to the river with the chillish Parisian air on our cheeks (if autumn time like now) and the smell of Turkish tobacco in the air, mixed with the river smells, mixed with the cookery from the 3 star and other restaurants heralding what's for dinner, gazing at the tremendous architecture and bridges; that's Paris, friends, or one part of it...

    Maybe one day...

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 11-19-2007 at 08:05.

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    As opposed to what? It was my understanding that all Beaujolais was of the gamay varietal. Or are you saying that gamay is being siphoned off into blends other than Beaujolais?..
    Into non-Nouveau Beaujolais, yes, such as Villages or Moulin a Vent.
    Tim

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    interesting.

    due to a comment in the local store i DIDN'T buy a bottle.

    i walked in and a lady was offering samples of a reserve/12 year (i think) Dewars scotch...and i asked if the BNs were in....another gentleman having a sample mentioned he had just been to a BN 'function' in Philly and he commented that it was NOT as good as before...that they were "heavy" and "dense" compared to what is expected...light, fruity.

    he said many of the BN and wine aficianados were NOT happy...
    which surprised me...

    i used to really be into wines...and though i do like the BVillages, i always prefered the pouilly fuisse....and to be honest, the best wine i ever had was a pouilly fume. something about them and camembert, walnuts, fresh apples, grapes and Carr's crackers goes so well together. but that was too many years ago. it still lingers...

    oh, and that Dewars wasn't bad. i have yet to explore scotch...but it was nice. i still prefer the physical complexity of BOURBON
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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Beaujolais Nouveau never was supposed to be great wine. It was supposed to be a fun event, a celebration of the new vintage, with a wine that would be fresh and fruity and simple and forgettable, but perfect for the little party thrown in its honor. People talked themselves into this idea that it was supposed to be this great wine. It never was.

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Beaujolais Nouveau never was supposed to be great wine. It was supposed to be a fun event, a celebration of the new vintage, with a wine that would be fresh and fruity and simple and forgettable, but perfect for the little party thrown in its honor. People talked themselves into this idea that it was supposed to be this great wine. It never was.
    Couldn`t agree more with you Chuck,drinking the nouveau is drinking grapejuice with added alcohol.The tradition around it its funny but after one or two glasses i`ve had enough.This years wine is very pale.If you want to have a first vintage look in the summer for wines from south of the equator,they have new vintages that are tasty and resonable balanced without the stress of being the first.Altough you have to miss the tradition of the nouveau you don`t have to miss a lack of taste.
    Eric.
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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Beaujolais Nouveau never was supposed to be great wine. It was supposed to be a fun event, a celebration of the new vintage, with a wine that would be fresh and fruity and simple and forgettable, but perfect for the little party thrown in its honor. People talked themselves into this idea that it was supposed to be this great wine. It never was.
    Exactly! It's a quickly made first wine of season, made and consumed to celebrate that as quickly as possible. It's a big party. It's light grape juice with a little alcohol.

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    Re: Beaujolais Nouveaus

    Indeed. It's practically a Thanksgiving tradition. Picked up a big bottle last night (after I mentioned to my wife they were in; she insisted I go pick it up). I don't count on it being a memorable experience; just something to fill the glasses at this time of year.
    Ron

    ECONOMY, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow you cannot afford”
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