AT ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! "The New Beaujolais has arrived!" One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun. By the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region's total annual production will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it will be carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, plane, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination. It is amazing to realise that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a grower’s vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour.”
It is obviously quite a logistical achievement to get this wine to all (serious...) bottle shops around the world on time... Some, like my local Vintage Cellars, did
There are still 31 bottles in stock at Ultimo Wine Centre : http://www.ultimowinecentre.com.au/Product.aspx?id=23363
And one left over at home...
This is obviously a young wine, and sometime not very good, I have to say, but the 20122 vintage is actually quite good and very much " gouleyant" or "gouleillant"as it is supposed to be...
It means: agreeable to drink, light, almost fizzy.
The George Duboeuf version is just that: a pleasure to drink, no questions asked, can I have another glass, please??? I am glad I bought a spare bottle, just in case...
For the ones of you interested in varietals, this is a Gamay of the highest order...enjoy!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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