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A First Taste of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

In accordance with French law, the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau was released today, one stroke after midnight on the third Thursday in November.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013The light bodied red wine is made entirely from Gamay grapes, and comes from the Beaujolais region within Burgundy.

The arrival of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is always a celebrated affair. This year’s theme is “Nouveau Retro,” which channels the spirit of the Jazz Age. The colorful label embodies the feel of the era with a vintage image of the Parisian skyline.

How does the first wine of the harvest taste? Warm midday temperatures and sunshine in September helped the grapes reach ideal maturity, resulting in a wine that is lively and fresh with bright fruit flavors.

“The 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau is a lovely purple-red color with aromas of wild strawberries, currants and exquisite scents of raspberries,” said winemaker Georges Duboeuf. “The wine is delicate, rich and perfectly balanced. It is a pure joy to drink and an ideal wine to share with family and friends throughout the holidays.”

Beaujolais Nouveau pairs well with a variety of foods including turkey and ham, making it great for holiday meals. Serve the wine slightly chilled.

Want to celebrate the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau with your own Nouveau Retro-inspired party? The team at Georges Duboeuf offers these tips:

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013• Skip the flowers and create some drama with eye-catching centerpieces of feather plumes draped in long strands of faux pearls to pay homage to the flapper style.
• String gold paper lanterns from the ceiling and pepper the room with delicate accents that sparkle to create a rich and glamorous atmosphere.
• Illuminate the room with plenty of votive candles and the smooth sounds of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith to recreate the warm and stirring atmosphere popular to speakeasies of the age.
• For a true Nouveau Retro taste, serve up a menu of ‘20s-inspired dishes: deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, oysters Rockefeller and the era’s own invention, a pineapple upside down cake decorated with Maraschino cherries.

The 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is now available at the suggested retail price of $10.99. For more information on the wines of Georges Duboeuf visit www.duboeuf.com.

12% alcohol by volume

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AG Pick: Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents

It’s hot outside but you’re still in the mood for a red wine. The solution: a bottle of the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents.

Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre VentsThis wine comes from the Fleurie appellation, one of the Beaujolais Crus in France’s Burgundy region. It is made entirely from Gamay grapes.

There is so much more to Beaujolais wine than Beaujolais Nouveau – and this wine demonstrates why. The flavors in the Clos des Quatre Vents are darker and more intense, with more present tannins giving the wine a good structure.

Deep garnet red in color, the light to medium-bodied wine opens with aromas of red and purple berries. The palate has a mix of fresh raspberry, boysenberry and plum with blackberry jam and a hint of crushed black pepper. Subtle floral notes of violet and rose are woven throughout, and linger on the silky finish.

Because it should be served slightly chilled (around 60°F), the Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents is a great red wine for a hot day. It’s perfect at outdoor barbecues and pairs well with grilled chicken, pork, hamburgers and lean steaks, as well as aged cheese.

$19, 13% alcohol by volume

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Countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

The countdown has begun to the wine event of November — the release of Beaujolais Nouveau!

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France and is made entirely of Gamay grapes. The red wine is released just after midnight on the third Thursday of November in accordance with French law – that’s November 15, 2012.

For 30 years Georges Duboeuf has celebrated the release of its Beaujolais Nouveau in the United States with festive release parties, unique themes and creative label art. This year’s theme is “Thirty Years of Magic,” showcasing the magical world of winemaking.

Telling the Nouveau Magic story will be techno-illusionist Marco Tempest. Marco is a virtual magician known for his imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, quick-cut video and enthusiastic stage presence.

Marco will magically transform the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau bottle labels into virtual reality — wine fans will be able to use their smartphones to view the Nouveau Magic augmented reality label.

The 2012 vintage of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is vibrant, fruit-forward and best served chilled. A light-bodied red that pairs well with turkey and a wide variety of dishes, Beaujolais Nouveau is a perfect wine for the holiday season.

The 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau will be available on November 15th for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

For more information visit www.thirtyyearsofmagic.com.

Grilling Burgers? Think Beaujolais

With Labor Day weekend approaching it’s time to fire up the grill one last time this summer. For a pairing that you’ll want to enjoy well beyond August try Beaujolais with your burgers.

Why pair this French red wine with the American favorite? Beaujolais is ideal for casual backyard gatherings. It can be served slightly chilled, so it’s refreshing in hot weather. Light and fruity flavors coupled with soft tannins make Beaujolais easy to sip for both serious and casual wine drinkers. Plus the wine’s acidity complements grilled meats like hamburgers and pork.

Looking for a bottle for your Labor Day cookout? Try the Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean-Ernest Descombes 2011 ($16), which has juicy flavors of cherry and strawberry. Or try a Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages ($10), full of fresh berry notes and a touch of cinnamon.

Experience how well burgers and Beaujolais pair at a special Atlanta event hosted by Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. Beaujolais and Burgers: A Night of the Perfect Pairing will be held on Tuesday, September 18th at Flip Burger Boutique. Award-winning wine expert and author Mark Oldman will serve as your guide through a tasting of Beaujolais wines and gourmet burgers. There will also be party favors and the chance to win prizes. Tickets to Beaujolais and Burgers are $15 per person. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. To learn more about Georges Duboeuf and the wines visit their Facebook page.

Beaujolais and Burgers: A Night of the Perfect Pairing, Tuesday, September 18th from 6pm to 9pm at Flip Burger Boutique. 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.

A Taste of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 est arrivé!

Beaujolais Nouveau is produced in the Beaujolais region of Burgundy in France. In accordance with French law it is released on the third Thursday in November — November 17, 2011.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a light bodied red wine made entirely from Gamay grapes. It pairs well with turkey, ham and other favorite holiday dishes.

Harvest for the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau began on August 22nd and finished on September 15th. According to Georges Duboeuf, the ideal weather during harvest was a perfect end to a great growing season.

“It looks as if the 2011 vintage will top every excellent year in the Beaujolais wine hall of fame. It is like nature has granted, under the sunshine of April and June and the heat of late August, a dazzling crop of Gamay. The grapes were a splendid, beautiful deep black. Each small grape shaped perfectly with ripe, thick, sweet and dense thick skin; everything it will need to become an exceptional vintage under the skill and talent of the winemaker.”

Beaujolais Nouveau fans around the world can now take their first sips of the 2011 vintage.

The wine is purple-magenta in color, with aromas of fresh dark fruit. The fruit-forward flavor shows off notes that are darker and more intense than the 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine has silky flavors of fresh boysenberry, blackberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry, with a smooth mouthfeel and crisp finish.

Click here to read about this year’s graffiti-inspired label designed by Brooklyn artist Kaves

Beaujolais Nouveau should be served slightly chilled, around 55 ºF. Place the bottle in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to achieve this temperature.

A bottle of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 costs $10.

alcohol 12.5% by volume

photo of grapes from Georges Duboeuf

Introducing the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Click for the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau tasting notes

Here it is, your first look at the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf.

The label art is almost as anticipated as the wine; Georges Duboeuf has a different theme each year along with a colorful and creative label. Click bottles to enlarge image.

This year’s theme is “Nouveau Expression,” a celebration of creativity, self expression and enjoying the moment. The graffiti-inspired artwork was designed by Brooklyn artist Michael McLeer who goes by the name Kaves.

“I wanted to create a celebration in a neighborhood that could be anywhere in the world with bright energy and a positive vibe,” Kaves told importer W.J. Deutsch & Sons. “The corner of LIVE and LOVE is where I want to be. It’s a place where people live in the moment and love life. Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration of friends and wine. My painting is a celebration of life. The two are a perfect pair.”

Artists across the country are invited to join Kaves and share their talents through the Nouveau Expression: Be Heard online art contest. The works of ten finalists will be exhibited at the uncorking party in New York. Submissions will be accepted until October 15th on Georges Duboeuf’s Facebook page.

Though the rest of the world will have to wait until November 17th to take a taste, Georges Duboeuf has declared the 2011 vintage to be terrific.

“2011 will be a great millésime in Beaujolais – complex, serious, solid and rich in delicious flavors. There is something divine about it. It is like nature has granted, under the sunshine of April, June and August, a dazzling body.”

According to Duboeuf, the wine is very deep purple with aromas of ripe wild strawberries, red and black currants, blueberries and a slight touch of peach. The palate is voluptuous and full bodied, enriched by well-rounded yet lively tannins.

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France and is made entirely of Gamay grapes. The wine is released just after midnight on the third Thursday of November in accordance with French law.

The 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf will cost $10 a bottle.

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2008 Est Arrivé

An Interview with Georges Duboeuf’s Export Director for North America

Continued from Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 est Arrivé

I had the opportunity to interview via telephone Yann Bourigault, George Duboeuf’s Export Director for North America.  Yann, who was in Chicago for the city’s arrival party, works closely with the winemaking team at Georges Duboeuf and numerous domaines and family partners.

The Amateur Gastronomer: 2008 was a particularly difficult year for Beaujolais, whereas 2009 produced a Beaujolais Nouveau that Georges Duboeuf called the best vintage in the last 50 years.  How does the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau compare?

Yann Bourigault: 2010 is going to turn out to be a really good vintage.  We’re very happy with it.  It’s a notch below 2009 because really I think that 2009 will remain as a benchmark, as far as quality vintages in Beaujolais.

The 2010 is the sort of vintage that got us worried at one point — some years you know right away it’s going to be great or it’s going to be bad.  The vintage of ’09 we weren’t sure because we had a great growing season and then the months of August got a little rainy.  [This] July was beautiful but August got a little cold and rainy.  Rain is not that big of a deal in France because keep in mind we cannot irrigate, so we do need a little rain once in a while.  But what happened is that it slowed down the maturation process and instead — like in ’09 we started to harvest at the end of August — in 2010 we started to harvest in mid-September.  So it got pushed back two weeks but [resulted in] a very good quality of grapes.

If people ask how to compare the ’10 to the ’09, Georges said that for him that the ’09 had a lot more black fruit in it; 2010 is more on the bright side, not as dark – raspberries and bright cherries.

AG: This year’s theme, reflected on the label and at arrival party festivities, is Nouveau Cirque.  How does this tie in with the Beaujolais Nouveau?

YB: We’re trying to create some excitement around it because at the end of the day Beaujolais Nouveau is really a celebration of the harvest.  You want to celebrate with your friends, you want to have fun, it’s not really only about the wine.

We’re also trying to reach a new group of consumers — the millennials, the 21 plus, young people — and we needed a theme that would relate to that, that they would enjoy.  And I think that the Cirque is very trendy, as you can tell from the Cirque du Soleil shows that are opening every day in what sounds like every city.  And then also I think with the Cirque, some performances can be seen as art forms, as culture, and I think in wine there is also culture and art forms.

Every year it gets harder to do something new.  We’ve done everything from the Concorde to Au Clair de la Lune, to double-decker busses, any means of transportation or legal means — I mean we haven’t done navy submarines yet but if we could have done that I’m sure we would have. Georges is very keen on making something special out of the arrival.

AG: For people who enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau, what other wines from Georges Duboeuf would you recommend?

YB: I guess Beaujolais Nouveau would be your entry way into the world of Beaujolais.  The region is divided in three categories, on three quality labels, and it’s geographically driven.  You have the Beaujolais area, then the Beaujolais Villages which is a step higher but probably the same price as Beaujolais Nouveau.  And this is what most people would drink outside of the last six weeks of the year.  And then for people who want to go a step higher, the Crus of Beaujolais seem to be extremely successful in the moment, especially the ’09 vintage.  Something like a Morgon, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent, those are single villages that produce really high quality wines.

Of course Beaujolais Nouveau is great with turkey, that’s probably one of the natural pairings.  But a Morgon, for people who want a little something extra, a bit more depth and character, would actually be a very nice wine also with turkey.

The 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau costs around $10 a bottle.  It is imported by W.J. Deutsch and Sons.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 Est Arrive!

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!

With all the pomp and circumstance usually reserved for New Year’s Eve, Georges Duboeuf unveiled the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau with celebrations around the world.

Facing high expectations after last year’s exceptional vintage, the team at Georges Duboeuf is pleased with the 2010 vintage, which returns to bright red fruit flavors.  In his September newsletter Georges wrote, “Last year . . . I told you that ‘2009 might be the best of the 9s’, well this year, I am tempted to tell you that ‘2010 might be the best of the 0s.'”

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France.  It is made with 100% Gamay, a thin skinned grape that makes a red wine with lower tannin levels.  Following French law, Beaujolais grapes must be harvested by hand and grown on individual free standing vines.  The law also specifies the annual release date as the third Thursday in November.

According to Georges Duboeuf and its importer W.J. Deutsch & Sons, approximately one third of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.  More than 35 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau are expected to be consumed over the next few months.

This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf is deep carmine red in color, with aromas and flavors of jammy raspberries and strawberries, white peach and subtle notes of pink grapefruit.  The wine is fresh, dainty and round, with a touch of soft candied fruit on the finish.

The wine should be served slightly chilled (around 55 °F), which can be achieved by placing the bottle in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before it is served.

Beaujolais Nouveau pairs with a variety of dishes including turkey, making it ideal for Thanksgiving meals.

The 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau costs around $10 a bottle.  It is 12.4% alcohol by volume.

Click to continue: An interview with Yann Bourigault, Export Director for North America at Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

A Preview of the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau

For the article after the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau click here

In accordance with French law, the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau will be released at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of November — that’s this Thursday, the 18th.

Georges Duboeuf, who always unveils his Beaujolais Nouveau with festive events around the world, will be celebrating this year’s vintage with a “Nouveau Cirque” theme.  As explained by co-proprietor Franck Duboeuf, the contemporary circus spirit captures the excitement of the wine and the limitless possibilities for its enjoyment.  Says Franck, “Beaujolais Nouveau is a youthful wine with a fresh vibe.  It is an explosion of flavor on the palate with bright red fruits and rich, floral aromas.  It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!”

Click to read about the 2009 vintage and ’60s themed uncorking ceremony

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France.  It is made with 100% Gamay, a thin skinned grape that makes a red wine with lower tannin levels.

Though we’ll have to wait until this Thursday for our first taste, Georges Duboeuf has shared his thoughts on the 2010 harvest as well as the aromas and flavors anticipated in this year’s wine.

Writes Georges Duboeuf about this year’s harvest:

“After the fine, hot, sunny days in late August and early September, we had some good rain on Tuesday 7th September, beginning in the early afternoon and continuing to fall for a good part of the night.  The volume of rainfall varied considerably from one area to another from north to south, with the south getting a lot more rain than the north.

“This rain was really good for the vines as they needed water — drought was ravaging certain plots and the grass-covered vines were starting to suffer.  The following morning, the winegrowers looked at their vines with broad grins on their faces — some of them could see that their vines were sparkling with freshness and that the grape bunches had more of a sheen and had got their spark back.

“Actually the vines had been thirsty and the rain brought a little extra roundness to the berries, which had now plumped up.  This will give some of the winegrowers that little extra they needed to get close to — or even achieve — a full yield.”

He also describes the initial impressions of the 2010 vintage:

“Last year, in our very first News from Beaujolais, I told you that ‘2009 might be the best of the 9s,’ well this year, I am tempted to tell you that ‘2010 might be the best of the 0s.’

“Indeed the 2000 vintage was very good quality and the unusual thing about it was that it was good right from the start and then developed well over time.  The thing I remember is that it was a harmonious, soft, elegant, silky, refined and above all very pleasant vintage.

“. . . What I can tell you right now is that the first few juices which are in the process of fermentation — and also the very first wines coming out of the press — have pleasantly surprised us with gorgeous fine crimson colours and their aromas are full of flowers, predominantly redcurrants and wild strawberries.

“In the mouth, the first seven wines we have tasted offered a fine structure, a crunchy, gourmet appearance with gentle tannins and a very flavoursome mouth.”

Beaujolais Nouveau pairs with a variety of foods from burgers to holiday turkey.  The 2010 George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau costs $10 to $11 a bottle.

Beaujolais News from Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, imported by W.J. Deutsch and Sons.  For more information on the 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau click here.

Peace, Love and Beaujolais Nouveau

At a celebration filled with flowers, tie-dye and a whole lot of groovyness and love, the 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau was uncorked Thursday in Miami Beach.

Au Pied de Cochon was the setting for this year’s 60’s themed uncorking ceremony.  The wine was brought to the restaurant in a VW van, escorted by a brigade of tie-dye clad chefs on motorcycles.

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France.  It is made with 100% Gamay, a thin skinned grape that makes a red wine with lower tannin levels.

This year’s vintage is being heralded as the best vintage in the last 50 years, thanks to perfect weather and growing conditions.  It was a welcome change from the 2008 growing season, during which bad weather forced a later harvest and resulted in the lowest yield in more than 30 years.

Decked out in a long wig and purple sunglasses, winemaker Stéphane Queralt opened the first bottle. 

Watch the uncorking ceremony below

My first taste of the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau came from that big bottle, and I can definitely say it is the best vintage I’ve tasted.  Other wine afficionados at the uncorking ceremony, many with several more years of wine experience than me, agreed that this is truly a special vintage.

The 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau is bursting with flavor.  The wine is deep purple-red in color, closer to a Malbec or Syrah rather than the typically strawberry-red Gamay.  Unlike previous vintages which have been candy sweet, this vintage has more substance with juicy raspberry, blueberry and cherry notes and a hint of spice on the finish.  The tannins are intense for Gamay but still soft, balanced out by good acidity.

Released each year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, the Beaujolais Nouveau is an ideal pairing for turkey; this year’s vintage can stand up to more hearty meats like lamb or beef.  Best of all, it’s an affordable accompaniment at $9 a bottle.

I spoke with winemaker Stéphane Queralt who was thrilled to be able to share what he calls a “dream vintage.”

The Amateur Gastronomer: Why is the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau being called the best vintage in the last 50 years?

Stéphane Queralt: It’s very exceptional when you work in wine to have 100% of the grapes be totally perfect.  And when you have this perfect maturity you know just before you make the wine that it will be an outstanding vintage.

Georges Duboeuf who is 76 years old says this is the best vintage he’s ever seen.  In Beaujolais, people who are 90 years old told me that they only tasted wine like this in 1947.  If this kind of vintage happens every 60 years, you can imagine that we will not see it again in our life.  So I’m very proud to see this beautiful wine today and have people discover this beautiful vintage.

AG: Last year you told me about 2008 being a particularly difficult year for Beaujolais.  Was this year a relief in comparison?

SQ: Yes of course!  It’s a holiday making wine with this kind of vintage.  When you make wine, 80% comes from the vineyard, 10% comes from the winemaker and 10% is something you cannot control.  So when you have good grapes it’s very difficult to make a bad wine.

AG: How does the 60’s theme tie in with the Beaujolais Nouveau?

SQ: Peace, love, sharing, happiness — for me this is the definition of wine.  I don’t like the people who make wine seem complicated.  Wine must be something very simple.

This kind of wine is fantastic because it’s the wine for parties, the wine for friendship, the wine to share with family.  It’s a fantastic way to make people happier and to share good times in their lives.

AG: It’s an extraordinary achievement to have a wine that’s being called the best vintage in 50 years.  But what does that mean for next year’s Beaujolais Nouveau?

SQ: That’s always the problem with outstanding vintages.  I say you can die now after drinking the wine because you don’t know what will happen.  It’s like a lottery, you cannot predict nature.  Maybe we can have a better wine next year, you never know!

By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is always released on the third Thursday of November all over the world.  It is meant to be drunk young, within 12 months of bottling, and should be served slightly cool (about 55º F), to enhance the fruit flavors.

Click here for the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau uncorking ceremony