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Country: France Region: Beaujolais
Vintage: 2019 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Georges Duboeuf
There’s a certain sense of relief when the grape harvest starts to wind down and comes to a close. And this vintage has certainly not been an easy one.
It stayed cold throughout April and May, slowing vine growth ahead of a wet and blustery first half of June. The gusts blowing up from the south played havoc with the vines as the blossoms began to fade. Summer finally appeared on June 22nd, and the gentle warmth soon turned into a heatwave. The storm on July 1st brought cooler temperatures, but also a touch of hail in the upper reaches of Beaujolais. There is good reason to be optimistic. The season may have started on the wrong foot, but we’re now looking at some excellent and smaller harvests – thanks mostly to the unpredictable weather.
(In line with French law Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be released on sale until the third Thursday in November each year). Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 is available at WineOnline.ie at a price of €13.00 per bottle. RRP: €78 FOR 6 OR €156 FOR 12
More than 60 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau, representing one third of the total wine production of the Beaujolais region, are produced each year. Georges Duboeuf is known for its popularisation and production of Beaujolais wines, leading to Dubeouf’s nickname of Le Roe du Beaujolais (The King of Beaujolais) or sometimes Pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais).
Made from 100% Gamay grapes, which have thinner skins than most grapes, causing a lower tannin level, Beaujolais Nouveau is the most popular ‘vin de primeur’, fermented for just a few weeks and then officially released for sale. By law, Beaujolais Grapes must be harvested by hand and grown on individual, free standing vines. Beaujolais Nouveau is harvested, produced, bottled and shipped within two months. It owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, or whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine.
Beaujolais Nouveau is known internationally as the wine of friendship and hospitality.
*Delivery / collection on or after the 21st of November 2019*