When does Beaujolais Nouveau stop being Beaujolais Nouveau and become just the latest Beaujolais vintage? Please comment below if you know the answer…
I’m curious because the The Analyst and I and two friends re-visited two bottles of the Beaujolais Nouveau we tried back in November and contrasted that with Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais-Villages 2009.
The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 which gave us a “slap around the chops” last year, was still as cheeky in March 2012. It oozes bright, red, juicy acidity and aromas and flavours of strawberries and tart redcurrants. We noticed a hint of banana on the nose, which we didn’t think was there last time; but otherwise it was the same light bodied fruity, youngster we sampled before.
Monsieur Duboeuf’s Beaujolais-Villages 2009 is in sensible middle age in comparison. A much more restrained nose – more red cherries than red berries – is mirrored on the palate. This wine still has good acidity, but it’s nowhere near as raw as the 2011. Like its more junior sibling it is light bodied with light tannins. We didn’t chill the wine, but that might have been nice. Overall it didn’t wow us – although The Analyst gave it points for going well with some ripe camembert. For me no more than W.O.W. factor 6. The 2010 vintage is available in Majestic for £8.49 (or £6.99 if you buy two bottles)
Our favourite wine back in November was 2011 Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Domaine Rochette, and this was still our favourite second time around. Despite being a 2011, it seemed more grown-up than the Duboeuf 2009. It was just as smooth as we remembered. Alongside the curranty-ness and savoury flavours of November, we detected raspberry, but dark raspberry…so probably loganberry. Not that I can remember the last time I ate a loganberry! Unfortunately Lea & Sandeman’s website doesn’t list this wine as still being available – nouveau is obviously so last year!