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le beaujolais nouveau est arrive!








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    WarToad
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 10:48:13 (permalink)
    "... these are a few of my favorite things......"
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 10:57:49 (permalink)
    Timely post, Scorereader!

    My local wine shop has a tasting starting in five minutes. Maybe I should have a liquid lunch. " />
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 11:02:25 (permalink)
    This is an odd law that still stands to this day.
    Is it imposed by the distrubutors of France? And I wonder why it's always on a Thursday? Chow Jim
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 11:45:02 (permalink)
    The Beaujolais AOC initially set the date as the 15th of December, then later relaxed it to mid-November. In the 50's, there was a race to see who could get it into Paris stores the quickest. The races became a national event by the 70's . George Duboeuf saw the marketing potential and pushed to have the date set at the Third Thursday of November as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. And it has been that day for over 20 years now.

    Ironically, this year, Duboeuf's wines are coming to the US in limited quantities now, by air, but the majority will be arriving by ship in the US in mid-December. This will keep Duboeuf's prices down below some of his competitors, who offer a better wine at a higher price. If Duboeuf had air shipped all of his wine, he would have had to charge a higher price (due to rising fuel costs), and thus lose his price advantage. I always stock up on Duboeuf to bring to parties during the holidays, but buy some bottles of Dupeuble to keep for myself and close relatives. It's generally a better wine than Duboeuf, with a slighty higher sticker price as well (usually 2-3 dollars more).
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 11:46:21 (permalink)
    I really enjoy a glass of regular Beaujolais, but I'll go without wine rather than drink the Noveau.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 11:51:26 (permalink)
    Scorereader:

    Here are the four being offered at the shop I mentioned:

    Joseph Drouhin 2008

    Dupable 2008

    Mommessin 2008

    Georges Dubeouf 2008

    I don't think that I have had any but the Georges Dubeouf before.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 12:06:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cavandre

    I really enjoy a glass of regular Beaujolais, but I'll go without wine rather than drink the Noveau.


    Really? I enjoy the fresh Nouveau, but I can pass on the others. Beaujolais just isn't built for aging.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 12:27:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by WarToad

    quote:
    Originally posted by cavandre

    I really enjoy a glass of regular Beaujolais, but I'll go without wine rather than drink the Noveau.


    Really? I enjoy the fresh Nouveau, but I can pass on the others. Beaujolais just isn't built for aging.



    oh, not true in the least. Beaulolais, indeed, makes wonderful vintaged wines. As much as I enojy the novelty of the nouveau, it's the bottom wine from the region.


    Cru Beaujolais include: Saint-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-e-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.
    Many of these wines don't use the Beaujolais name on thier bottles bcause of the backlash that has occured with nouveau.

    Particularly good wines are from Moulin-e-Vent and Fleurie, and are marked by fuller body, velvety texture, deeper color, and more complex flavor than the beaulosjais Americans have come to know. Saint Amour and Julienas have hints of spice. All of these wines should be aged at least 4 years.


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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 13:13:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cavandre

    I really enjoy a glass of regular Beaujolais, but I'll go without wine rather than drink the Noveau.


    I totally agree with you. Life is too short to drink cheap (vs. inexpensive) wine.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 13:17:30 (permalink)
    I stand corrected. I guess I've just never had a good regular beaujolais.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 13:28:58 (permalink)
    A few years ago I found a forgotten bottle of the Noveau in my cellar - it was three years old. We opened it with a bit of trepidation , but it was fine , and it had aged gracefully into a smooth fruity low alcohol wine. This doesn't mean I recommend aging the stuff - just that it isn't necessarily a disaster if you do.

    There's a lot of snobs out there who sneer at the Noveau and its cheap publicity, but I really enjoy it and look forward to it every year.

    I'll have to get out to my local wine sop this afternoon and pick up a few bottles. I'll wait for the stuff that comes by ship and has a couple of bucks lower price before I really stock up.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 13:47:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by WarToad

    I stand corrected. I guess I've just never had a good regular beaujolais.


    I would suggest a something from Moulin-e-Vent. It's all the gamay grape, but the wine from here can be wonderfully full, velvety but still delicate.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 13:52:38 (permalink)
    I love the beaujolais nouveau each year, great or not...it's the passage of fall into winter...like Octoberfest beer says fall!!!!
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 17:01:04 (permalink)
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    I love the beaujolais nouveau each year, great or not...it's the passage of fall into winter...like Octoberfest beer says fall!!!!

    Me, too. I'll be buying a bottle just to celebrate the season, but after that I'll stick to a better beaujolais or some other variety of red wine.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 17:10:59 (permalink)
    Wow! French wine in a plastic bottle and screw top cap. That's a first for me.

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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 18:13:24 (permalink)
    the French, who drink vin ordinaire daily - which is ordinary wine or table wine (almost exclusively from local wineries), don't get all wrapped up in the notion of needing a cork. In France, you often bring your already used bottle to fill up on the local table wine for a couple of bucks - like $3. Literally getting your wine from the cask. So, it doesn't suprise me when the French use screw tops or even vintaged boxed wine. Believe it or not, the average Frenchmen isn't truly snobby about their wine. They may have their strong opinions, which in no doubt is heavily influenced by the region they grew up, which gives them a certain particularness and local pride in their wine, but, hey, what's new? Look at our own hotdog wars. French table wine is usually pretty good, and inexpensive. Beaujolais is not "cheap" wine, as suggested by another poster. It's merely inexpensive wine - and in particular, it's celebratory wine for the new harvest, since it's the first wine of the season that is opened. It's the only 2008 wine that the AOC will allow to be sold. So, IMO, it's snobbery to look down on beaujolais nouveau. There's something to learn from drinking a young wine. It's cause for celebration. Indeed, in the US, the beaujolais nouveau's are a tad expansive for a basic table wine. But, what you're paying for this week, is the airfare, and the holiday-esque fanfare surrounding the wine. Kind of like paying $6.50 for a Bud at the ballpark. In mid-december, you;ll see the price go down as the cases delivered by ship across the Atlantic Ocean will arrive. So, the George Duebeouf that is 9.99 today, will be 6.99 in mid-december. Also, I highly recommend spending the extra couple bucks for the Domaine Dupeuble. It's a smaller, more craft winery. All the grapes are grown on the winery (unlike Duebeouf - who uses gamay grapes from around the region, from other grape growers). So, it's almost always a better product.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 18:37:27 (permalink)
    When we visit our Paris apartment for the Soldes de Janvier the local Monoprix never fails to astound me with their new selection of the Gallic versions of "Two-Buck-Chuck".

    In fact, I enjoy "vin ordinaire" more than "vintages". Paying even $25 for a bottle of wine has always induced a nausea in me that prevents its enjoyment.

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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 19:10:46 (permalink)
    Hey! Kool-Aid!
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 19:35:32 (permalink)
    According to Haskell's liquor store where I bought the Beaujolais Noveau some ship the wine in plastic because they cannot ship until November for the third Thursday release. So, the only practical way is by air flight and they need to lighten the load to keep the price down. I paid $8.99 each for those bottles. They had the wine available in the store for tasting.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/20 23:03:20 (permalink)
    No "tastings" allowed in New Jersey,sad to say....have to choose a label by reputation,recommendation or blind luck!!!
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/21 00:19:52 (permalink)
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    No "tastings" allowed in New Jersey,sad to say....have to choose a label by reputation,recommendation or blind luck!!!


    The law was amended in NJ, in 2004. My local liquor store has wine tastings on Friday evenings.

    http://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/wine-ruling-text.html
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/21 00:39:45 (permalink)
    Wow...I didn't know...my stores are just cheap,I guess!!!
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/21 09:56:42 (permalink)
    I had a bottle of the Joseph Drouhin last night. I paid 14.99 at Schnieder's of Capitol Hill.
    Nice strawberry nose and blueberry nose with some floral notes. Good red and light purple color. Lots of fruit in the mouth, with some surprising medium tannins (unexpected for a beaujolais nouveau). Strong acidity, so strong that I ultimately decided I overpaid for this wine. It almost ruins the fresh fruit with tannins flavor. High acidity is normal for beaujolais nouveau, but this wine needs to sit another month to be more palatable. The finish was pleasing wine with strawberry notes, and I began to forget about the acidity.

    I'll pick up a few bottles of the more inexpensive Duebeouf for Thanksgiving, and then go back to my comfort zone with the Domaine Dupeuble when the ocean liners arrive with the lower prices beaujolais nouveau.

    I was astonished at how high the prices were. Indeed, due to higher fuel costs, shipping by air has dramatically increased price from last season. I'm almost certain the Drouhin was $3-4 cheaper per bottle last year at this time. that's up to $48/case difference.

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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/21 10:37:04 (permalink)
    Tasted like wine to me. It didn't stain my lips like Charles Shaw three buck Chuck does.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/22 15:46:45 (permalink)
    I picked up a bottle today to go along with our saturday night dinner of chicken on a spit and roasted fingerling potatoes with figs.

    I don't love the nouveau, but I'll participate in nearly any tradition that involves food and wine.
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/22 17:35:25 (permalink)
    The Debeouf was $9.99 in a local store a few days ago - going to pop it tonight.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/22 23:11:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Davydd

    Tasted like wine to me. It didn't stain my lips like Charles Shaw three buck Chuck does.


    May I get you a straw, for your wine, Sir?
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/23 21:32:27 (permalink)
    Ahhh, this also marks the release of the local homemade wines. I can't wait to get my first gallon of "Uncle Joe Red".
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    RE: le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! 2008/11/23 23:20:05 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by CCinNJ

    quote:
    Originally posted by Davydd

    Tasted like wine to me. It didn't stain my lips like Charles Shaw three buck Chuck does.


    May I get you a straw, for your wine, Sir?

    ...and with ice cubes?
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