A Taste of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 est arrivé!

Beaujolais Nouveau is produced in the Beaujolais region of Burgundy in France. In accordance with French law it is released on the third Thursday in November — November 17, 2011.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a light bodied red wine made entirely from Gamay grapes. It pairs well with turkey, ham and other favorite holiday dishes.

Harvest for the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau began on August 22nd and finished on September 15th. According to Georges Duboeuf, the ideal weather during harvest was a perfect end to a great growing season.

“It looks as if the 2011 vintage will top every excellent year in the Beaujolais wine hall of fame. It is like nature has granted, under the sunshine of April and June and the heat of late August, a dazzling crop of Gamay. The grapes were a splendid, beautiful deep black. Each small grape shaped perfectly with ripe, thick, sweet and dense thick skin; everything it will need to become an exceptional vintage under the skill and talent of the winemaker.”

Beaujolais Nouveau fans around the world can now take their first sips of the 2011 vintage.

The wine is purple-magenta in color, with aromas of fresh dark fruit. The fruit-forward flavor shows off notes that are darker and more intense than the 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine has silky flavors of fresh boysenberry, blackberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry, with a smooth mouthfeel and crisp finish.

Click here to read about this year’s graffiti-inspired label designed by Brooklyn artist Kaves

Beaujolais Nouveau should be served slightly chilled, around 55 ºF. Place the bottle in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to achieve this temperature.

A bottle of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 costs $10.

alcohol 12.5% by volume

photo of grapes from Georges Duboeuf