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Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

It’s that third Thursday in November and once again it is time to taste and discuss "Iz eet Banana? Iz eet Raspberry?".

I would like to wish you all a Happy Hangover!
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Old 20.11.2008, 08:39
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Distraught I'm missing todays all-day Beaujolais Breakfast. But if anyone is thinking of doing Beaujolais Nouveau day anywhere in Zürich at any point today- I'd be very happy to help uncork a few bottles!
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Old 20.11.2008, 09:01
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Brings back fond memories of the 80's in the UK we had a race from Beaune leaving at Midnight on the Wednesday when the wine was released and racing back to the UK restaurants.

I am away this W/K in the UK but if anything goes on later next week let me know.
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Old 20.11.2008, 09:13
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I know I'm just a grumpy old s*d but I just don't understand why folks fall for this hype. A mass produced, cheap, nasty, sour and unpalatable plonk made from the lowest quality ingredients and drunk straight out of the fermentation vat. It's a giant marketing con which has the French laughing at all the punters who suck this stuff up. I'm not a huge fan of run of the mill Swiss reds but if young, red wine is your thing then Switzerland's 2007 production which hit the market this Summer offers a far higher quality alternative than the muck that floods out of beaujolais at this time of year.
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Beaujolais Nouveau day is just an excuse for a p1ss up lets be honest, the wine is just gut rot...

However it is a good excuse, but drink Morgon instead which is stlll Beaujolais, and it won't strip the enamel of your teeth
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

You're hooked on that Morgon are you not Papa Goose? I'd prefer that one though to the Beaujolais Nouveau that's for sure !!! Do you get headaches from the Morgon, I did


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Beaujolais Nouveau day is just an excuse for a p1ss up lets be honest, the wine is just gut rot...

However it is a good excuse, but drink Morgon instead which is stlll Beaujolais, and it won't strip the enamel of your teeth
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... but drink Morgon instead which is stlll Beaujolais, and it won't strip the enamel of your teeth
De gustibus ... I prefer Moulin a Vent, though obviously any of the crus is a vast improvement over the no-name Beaujolais.
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Old 21.11.2008, 09:00
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Beaujolais Nouveau reminds me of that episode in BBC's "Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure" where James May crushes some grapes on a roadside bench then ferments the cloudy mush in a plastic container in the boot of his battered old Jag for week in the Summer heat before offering it to French visitors at a wine fair.
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Soon it will be November again!
Get ready for the Beaujolais Nouveau!!!
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Soon it will be November again!
Get ready for the Beaujolais Nouveau!!!
Oh, what a name...it reminds me of when I dyed my hair for the first time....I bought a hair colour that said it was "Beaujolais Brown" on the package and it turned out purple on my hair (my hair is naturally dark blonde and apparently I should have taken that into account)...so I decided no more Beaujolais for me..

How's this wine like?

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How's this wine like?
I do not like it, it tastes like grape juice starting to rot (which is exactly what it is - what I call rot gut wine). But perhaps some wise EFers can educate me on a good maker, as there must be some in order for it to have such a following.
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I do not like it, it tastes like grape juice starting to rot (which is exactly what it is - what I call rot gut wine). But perhaps some wise EFers can educate me on a good maker, as there must be some in order for it to have such a following.
I've still have not met a French that talks about Beaujolais Nouveau. It's always people from other countries. I'm starting to think it's a liquid tourist trap.

So, any French around here that confirms or calls me an idiot?
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I do not like it, it tastes like grape juice starting to rot (which is exactly what it is - what I call rot gut wine). But perhaps some wise EFers can educate me on a good maker, as there must be some in order for it to have such a following.
Sounds like a very bad country wine. (or table wine)
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Old 21.09.2022, 11:18
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

Excellent video presentation of opinions of all people around the Beaujolais consumers, party animals, winemakers.

So, the wine label was created in 1957. It was such a commercial success that winemakers choose quantity over quality and it sucked during the 1980s. This tarnished the reputation of all Beaujolais wines and the sales went down. Winemakers have been trying to improve Beaujolais reputation over the last 30 years. These days only 1/3 of Beaujolais from the region is sold as "nouveau". The rest is developed into "quality" wine.

By the way, Beaujolais it's the region, the grape variety is Gamay. There are white wines with more character.

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I do not like it, it tastes like grape juice starting to rot (which is exactly what it is - what I call rot gut wine). But perhaps some wise EFers can educate me on a good maker, as there must be some in order for it to have such a following.

It is a very English thing, i think they like it because it's is cheap, therefore it is wonderful.


It's absolute shit, it is impossible to make any wine that is even close to being drinkable in 10-12 weeks or whatever it is.


It is far preferable to drink water than even contemplating buying this crap.


There are no good producers, much is handled by cooperatives or bottlers, it is a purely fabricated product with no merit.
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It is a very English thing, i think they like it because it's is cheap, therefore it is wonderful.
Thanks for the explanation! This gives me better insight into one of my best English mates ... I house sat his lovely pets one recent weekend, and as a thank-you, he left me the youngest and crappiest wines on the planet. It wasn't an insult as I know he drinks those wines himself. (He has always been a bit of a tightwad)
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Excellent video presentation of opinions of all people around the Beaujolais consumers, party animals, winemakers.

So, the wine label was created in 1957. It was such a commercial success that winemakers choose quantity over quality and it sucked during the 1980s. This tarnished the reputation of all Beaujolais wines and the sales went down. Winemakers have been trying to improve Beaujolais reputation over the last 30 years. These days only 1/3 of Beaujolais from the region is sold as "nouveau". The rest is developed into "quality" wine.

By the way, Beaujolais it's the region, the grape variety is Gamay. There are white wines with more character.



https://www.france24.com/en/20181115...es-celebration
I think I will buy one bottle to see if it's really that bad.... I hope it can be used for cooking....at least. I mean we have lost money on corked wines usually bought on sales weeks to unsuspecting customers....which I tossed into the sink because IMHO, it isn't worth using some really bad wine in a nice stew especially here where the meat is so expensive. I can drink cheap wine but at least it should taste OK. This thread made me a little curious. Gamay is also cultivated in Switzerland btw.
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Gamay is also cultivated in Switzerland btw.
Indeed, it's a component of the Dôle assemblage from Valais. They said it's fruity and easy to drink. I've only found it drinkable at 30+°C days. But those days are quite infrequent in Switzerland

Gamay barrique is better (for me), but for the price there are dozens of other more palatable Swiss red wines, even ones made in inox tanks.
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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

It's a shame to write off the entire family of Gamay wines. I'm not a fan of the Swiss Gamay wines, which I find thin and metallic. At the same time, I'm a big fan of some of the Beaujolais wines like Morgon and Brouilly.


To those wanting to try Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf is the one that seems to be ubiquitous.
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