Release of Beaujolais Nouveau 2007

Europe - Editor - 15 October 2007

Release of Beaujolais Nouveau 2007

On the third Thursday in November every year wine-lovers gather together at different venues all over France to celebrate the release of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. This unusual celebration has spread to other parts of the world, especially the United States, where it is observed in the same way as in France. The motto for this evening, at all venues, is “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé” which quite simply means "The new Beaujolais has arrived”. Beaujolais Nouveau 2007 will take place on 15 November and participants are looking forward to an evening of good food, great entertainment and superlative wine.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine made exclusively from the Gamay noir à Jus Blanc variety. This purple-colored high-yielding grape is grown very successfully in the historical wine producing region of Beaujolais in France. Gamay is a very old cultivar mentioned in records as far back as in the 1400s.

Beaujolais Nouveau is released for sale immediately after fermentation. This wine is produced by means of carbonic maceration - allowing the fermentation to take place in the whole grape before being crushed. This is followed by pasteurization as a substitute for malolactic (secondary) fermentation, which is usually part of red wine production, allowing Beaujolais Nouveau to be enjoyed a mere six weeks after harvest.

French law has mandated that Beaujolais Nouveau may be released no earlier than the third Thursday in November. Just after midnight, minutes into Thursday 15 November 2007 the race is on to ship the wine out to venues all over the world, in order to arrive in time for the evening celebrations. Unlike most red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau should be served chilled to enhance its fruity aroma and flavor. This wine does not improve with age and should be enjoyed within six weeks of release.

Approximately 45 million liters of Beaujolais Nouveau is produced annually, which is equivalent to roughly a third of the total production in the Beaujolais region. Half of the annual production is exported. There are substantial economic advantages to the vintner of selling a wine before the end of the year, but some wine critics have expressed doubts about this practice and are of the opinion that consuming a wine within a few months of its production compromises the quality. Nevertheless, the world wide popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau shows that thousands of wine-lovers disagree.

So if you are a wine-lover, or want to explore the art of wine-tasting, make sure you get to a venue hosting Beaujolais Nouveau 2007 and join in the fun of celebrating this famous wine from France.


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