November 17, 2004 |
Appealing aromas, vibrant fruit flavors, good acid and soft tannins make Beaujolais crus the perfect match for the flavor free-for-all that is the Thanksgiving feast. Go ahead, slather on the butter and pour on the heavy cream; Burgundy's "other" wine can handle the heavy lifting. These are not Beaujolais Nouveaux -- the very fresh, juicy wines that are bottled and sold right after harvest. Nor are they Beaujolais-Villages, which age a bit longer.
February 4, 2004 |
Real Beaujolais is as different from Beaujolais Nouveau as a bassoon is from a piccolo. Whereas the new wine is meant to be drunk right after the harvest, Cote de Brouilly and any of the other crus are made to last. Maybe not 10 years, but certainly a few, that is, if you manage to keep any bottles around that long. The 2002 Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly is juicy and lush, tasting like ripe black cherries with something darker and more complex in the background.
November 26, 2003 |
Last Thursday, the 2003 Beaujolais Nouveaux were released. That is to say, the first shipments of the famously overhyped, fruity, juicy wine en primeur arrived by air from France and landed in supermarket displays and wine shop setups across the country. It's very fashionable to dislike Beaujolais Nouveau, and usually for good reason: It tends to taste like alcoholic Kool-Aid.
January 10, 2002 |
Cafe Beaujolais is the sort of neighborhood French restaurant every neighborhood ought to have. It's charming and unpretentious, with a grapevine pattern stenciled high on its pale yellow walls, and boy, are the baguettes fresh. It has its very own bakery right up the street, Beaujolais Boulangerie. The cafe is very much a neighborhood place. It features live music some nights, and the musicians aren't names--they're usually local Eagle Rockers.
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May 8, 2001
Allan Hall, 71, the wine writer, convivial connoisseur and copious imbiber who set off the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Race by offering a bottle of champagne to the first reader who put a bottle of the year's fruity red French wine on his London Fleet Street desk, died April 26 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. For a century, French law has permitted release of the year's crop of Beaujolais specifically at midnight on the third Thursday of November.
December 6, 2000 |
Beaujolais Nouveau is not all there is to Beaujolais--thank heavens. The 10 Beaujolai crus, that is, wines from villages that merit their own appellation, have always offered good quality for the price. Morgon produces notably denser and longer-lived Beaujolais. The "Jean Descombes" Morgon from Beaujolais' best known producer, Georges Duboeuf, is a subtle charmer.
August 13, 1997 |
Here's a lighthearted Beaujolais-Villages that's not trying to be anything but Beaujolais. Lively and thirst-quenching, this juicy, non-filtered Gamay makes delicious summer drinking. It's bright cherry in color, sweetly scented with raspberries, yet has enough darker overtones that it's not cloying. Serve it slightly chilled in this weather. It should go with just about everything, except fish.
November 21, 1996 |
The third Thursday of November is already history in France. And the folks in the town of Beaujolais no doubt are still recovering. Annually, on this day, the French government allows wine producers in the town north of Lyon to release their Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the 1996 harvest. Moments after midnight each year, the celebration begins and revelers drink up the gamay grape beverage with great exuberance.
October 31, 1996 |
Beaujolais nouveau season officially begins the third Thursday of November, but the 1995 vintage of more traditional Beaujolais is already in the shops. Trenel's Beaujolais-Villages, which comes from hillside vineyards in the north of the appellation, has all the appeal of Gamay--vibrant, juicy fruit and delicious scent of red cherries tempered with a little tannin and just a touch of bitter. Such a gouleyant or "gulpable" Beaujolais is the perfect indoor picnic wine.