#WineWednesday: Beaujolais is Not Nouveau

By / Wine + Drinks / October 16th, 2013 / 1

With the passing of Canadian Thanksgiving we look ahead to the next big holiday, no not Christmas, American Thanksgiving – which seems to be getting as big here in Canada as it is in the States.

But something else comes with the advent of US Gooble Day – and I’m not talking about the three football games, turkey or Black Friday … Beaujolais Nouveau: that candied confection of a wine that smells and tastes like bubble gum.

But what gets lost to the masses when it comes to Beaujolais Nouveau is that Nouveau is not really what Beaujolais is all about … in fact if your impression of Beaujolais is Nouveau it’s time you opened your eyes with these Gamay wines that are sure to inspire you to sip and savour with food and not to grab a bag of Big League Chew:

Collin Bourisset 2011 Les Terres Bleues Brouilly ($16.95)

Ripe cherries steal the show here, fresh and lively with good acidity, this is pure Gamay magic.

Pascal Aufranc 2011 Vignes de 1939 Chenas ($17.95)

Black cherry aromas and flavours with a nice bit of chalkiness on the finish.

Chateau de Saint-Lager 2011 Brouilly ($19.95)

This one brings black cherry to the fore then adds anise to the background which helps to round this one out.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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