2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

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2014  vintage “The musts have fermented well, and the wines have great aromatic intensity. The tannins are silky, of extreme finesse and perfectly integrated, adding structure and length on the palate. The 2014 vintage should be very elegant.” (B. Chatelet, Beaujolais Research Institute).

“The 2012 vintage was a big challenge for the winemakers in Beaujolais where frost and hail halved the crop.” (Clare Montgomery, Beaujolais and Beyond).

These are a selection of the vintage reports of the two vintages we’ve blogged. Both are from Georges Duboeuf and both are/were sold by Waitrose. The latest, at 12% ABV, was £8.00. We certainly were none too enthusiastic about the 2012 but this year’s offering was quite impressive.

A deep red and purple colour was followed by a ripe red fruit nose with some expected – and not unpleasant – green, underripe, quality.

The palate was surprisingly rich with depth and medium length, the tannins giving it a definition. There was some fruit on the middle palate; it ended with the edgy firmness, typical of a sound Beaujolais.

We were both pleasantly surprised by this wine (it takes a lot to convince me about Beaujolais  – in general, not just Nouveau) although I have been recently tipped off about some impressive offerings (thanks, Jim Hopper).

It’s well worth the asking price – equivalent to two pints of beer!

[Richard: don’t know where Geoff buys his beer but £4 a pint?.]

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