If you are looking for a great wine for Christmas turkey – or American Thanksgiving for my friends south of the 49th parallel – then Beaujolais Nouveau is your winner. And I have the winners from my Nouveau party this past weekend.
Any of the French wines are good [I always drink a French wine first since they were the ones that came up with the marketing scam in the first place] – although George DuBeouf’s Gamay [LCBO 891846] is a bright young wine with a bit of effervescence and is under $10. That’s a good deal.
I thought the best non-french nouveau was Chateau des Charmes Gamay [LCBO 318600] – in fact this is the one I am going back to the store to get again. It will appeal to both the locavore and the nouveau lover. Effervescent and full of bright sour cherries. The bottle will empty alarmingly quickly.
Special mention to the tasting panel of critics that hung out around the open bottles of wine at my party. I know there was a big push for the Novello to be mentioned but it tasted too much like a real wine to me. I know you’ll forgive me because you all want to be invited back next year.
At my annual Beaujolais Nouveau party this year there was considerable discussion about which wine was the best. To be frank, there was more discussion about the wine than I was comfortable with. Nouveau isn’t meant to be discussed.
However, since we’re on the topic …
Best local wine – Chateau des Charmes Seven Generation. Somebody commented that it tasted like the wine that their Dad used to make. We all concluded that was a good thing. I hope people keep buying it so that the Chateau makes it again next year.
Best Italian – they both tasted the same to me but they were very good. To be honest they annoyed me because 1. They tasted too much like real wine and 2. Their labels weren’t festive or fun. Actually, the discussion of these two topics with Roger was the only “wine” conversation I was comfortable with all evening. I think the Italians deliberatly make good wine with serious labels just to bug the French.
Best true Nouveau – Georges Dubœuf Gamay Nouveau – light, spritzy, festive label, inexpensive. This is what Nouveau is supposed to be – but I’ve already said too much.
Muumuu is also a great word with consecutive u’s in it. But more importantly – I have good news! I have found the information that I previously thought was in a vacuum – which was becoming a black hole for a Beaujolais lover like me.
Next Thursday November 15th the LCBO will have the following wines available for the Beaujolais Nouveau release. I am going out on a limb and recommending based on past performance – results from the informal poll at my party will be forthcoming.
Here is the list – directly from a person at the LCBO who refuses to be identified by any other name than helloLCBO.
Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau – this is the one that I will purchase 6 bottles of right away, no questions asked as it will be amongst the most inexpensive and the juiciest of the Nouveau.
Novello Rosso Terre Di Chieti – I won’t buy any of this since I’ve invited Italians to my party and they can’t resist rubbing it in the face of the Frenchies.
Jeanjean Syrah Primeur – made with Syrah, probably good but I am a Beaujolais purist (maybe the only one in the world and I don’t care if Carolyn is making fun of me).
Primeur Syrah Merlot Pays D’Oc – this isn’t right, Merlot has no place at my Nouveau party.
Negrar Novello Del Veneto – it’s always a good Italian version, however, still banking on my Italian friends to “represent”
The Fool Reif Estate Gamay Nouveau VQA – I will try it again, Guelph loves the local underdog – but last year’s was awful
Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau – Oui
Chateau des Charmes Generation Seven Gamay Nouveau VQA – Okay, this sounds like a promising local – I love everything that Chateau des Charmes does!
And from the VINTAGES program – two classics that cost more but are totally worth every penny. Hello LCBO – bring it!
George Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau
Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau