Do you ever have one of those almost automatic, mindless family traditions that you do every year? You may even look forward to it, but when you are doing it you wonder why the hell you do it? Well Beaujolais Nouveau is like that for me. I don’t know why I drink it, but every November I feel compelled to buy a bottle. Must be the marketing genius of George Duboeuf: the undisputed emperor of Beaujolais Nouveau. (It is reported he produces a cool 7 million bottles of BN each year). For those of you that don’t know BN is produced in the Beaujolais region of France from the gamay grape. It is bottled in the same year it is harvested and available worldwide on the third Thursday in November. Unlike most other reds, and perhaps as a testament to its low quality, it is best served slightly cool. I usually set it out on the back deck for a few hours. So with low expectations here it is: (Purchased from Ye Old Spirit Shoppe for $ 12.98) This is a widely available wine.
2007 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau: Strong nose of strawberry laffy taffy mixed with cider vinegar. Very thin on the palate with a hint of strawberry. Quick acidic finish. Was a tolerable quaffer with spaghetti and meatballs. 82 points.
Let me know what you think, Fred.