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Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 - released November 15th

Delivered November 15th 

We have been offering the Nouveau from two exceptional producers for 16 years now, delivered on release day. For a small team like us, getting all these orders out in time is also a bit crazy. But we love it!

And so do our customers - our Nouveau is exceptional. Pick from the fruity Philippe Deschamps or the more mineral Didier Lacondemine. Most people get both!

2017 was amazing (PS: we still have a few bottles left)

2018 is shaping up to be grandiose, if the weather holds. Fingers crossed.

Beaujolais Villages Nouveau

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Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2018 case, by Alpine Wines' classic Jerome Lacondemine.

As in 2018, the wine is produced with no added sulfites and minimal intervention, allowing for more complexity in the finished wine. This is exceptional Beaujolais Primeur.

From vineyards in Beaujeu. 

The 2017 was excellent and the 2018 is shaping up to be grandiose.

 

Serve Beaujolais Nouveau slightly cool, it enhances the fruitiness and brings out the summer breeze feeling of the wine.

Some facts about Beaujolais Nouveau

The tradition started in 1951 - prior to that Beaujolais could not be released before December 15th.

When the rules were relaxed to November 15th, a group of creative winemakers decided to run a race to Paris to be the first wine of the year on the table of restaurants. The rest is history.

  • Beaujolais is made from Gamay. We love Gamay at Alpine Wines and think it is sorely underrated. Discover more about Gamay
  • Beaujolais Nouveau is actually a perfect companion to summer barbecues! It's a shame the Southern Hemisphere don't do a Gamay primeur as it'd be perfect timing... Thankfully our Nouveau easily keeps past Summer, just buy an extra case.
  • The tradition started in 1951 - prior to that Beaujolais could not be released before December 15th.When the rules were relaxed to November 15th, a group of creative winemakers decided to run a race to Paris to be the first wine of the year on the table of restaurants. The rest is history.
  • Beaujolais nouveau is produced using a different type of fermentation than that used in most wines, called carbonic (or whole berry) fermentation. This makes a low tannin wine that is very fruity.
  • Designer yeast can bring out very exotic flavours in Nouveau. We don't have any of these types of wines but they are very popular in Asia.
  • We have chosen winemakers who focus on expressing the fruit in the wine, with low or no added yeast, producing more typical red fruit and grape juice flavours in the wine.

 

 

Beaujolais Nouveau Philippe Deschamps

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 case, by Alpine Wines' classic producer Philippe Deschamps from vineyards in Beaujeu and Brouilly.

A proper wine made in a month by a true craftsman - fun and very good.

This is fruitier and the Lacondemine is more serious - most people get some of both.

"The 5th year I've bought Nouveau from Alpine Wines. Brilliant fresh flavour every time. I look forward to this every year and they never disappoint."

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