Beaujolais Nouveau 2022: facts and where to taste it

Beaujolais Nouveau 2022
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To celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau 2022, find out some facts about the occasion and the wine as well as Beaujolais Nouveau 2022 events in Australia happening over the next few days. 

Beaujolais Nouveau 2022

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

This phrase proclaiming the arrival of Beaujolais Novueau was coined by Georges Duboeuf, who is largely seen as responsible for the sensation that is Beaujolais Nouveau.


A tradition taking back to the 1800s

Beaujolais based winemakers have been bottling wine that has only just fermented from grapes only harvested a few months earlier since the 1800s. Barrels of these fresh wines would be sent up the river to Lyon bars and restaurants. These new harvest wines are called vins de primeur.


50+ years of a set date

From 1951 to 1984 Beaujolais Nouveau was only allowed to be released from 15 November but in 1985 it was changed to be the third Thursday of the month, in an effort to kick-start people’s weekends early.


Celebrations a plenty!

Beaujolais Nouveau has become a global sensation but of course nowhere celebrates the arrival of the new wine as much as the French. In the Beaujolais region, the largest of more than 120 festivals is Les Sarmentelles in the town of Beaujeu.


Popular in Japan

The world’s largest importer of Beaujolais Nouveau is Japan. Germany and the USA follow.


A perfect pairing for Thanksgiving in the USA?

The arrival of millions of bottles of this new wine just one week before Thanksgiving in the USA sees it paired with Thanksgiving turkey dinner.


Wine connoisseurs

Most wine connoisseurs won’t drink Beaujolais Nouveau and won’t want to be associated with it. Being a young wine, low in body and in tannins, it doesn’t offer the complexity that wine connoisseurs usually look for in a wine. Also you can’t imagine wine connoisseurs appreciating a wine that is sometimes said to taste like banana! 


While Beaujolais Nouveau may not be a fine wine, the 3rd Thursday in November is all about the celebration of tradition. 


If you’re keen to find out more about the Beaujolais region and its wines and the grape Gamay from which Beaujolais AOC wines are made click here






French Flair – La Boutique

18 November 2022

Drop in any time between 11am and 7pm at this free event to try the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau.



Alliance Française de Geelong

Beaujolais Long Lunch

20 November 2022 12pm to 4:30pm

A casual afternoon with two glasses of wine from the Beaujolais and Burgundy regions and graze on fine French style charcuterie, cheese, salad, baguette and home-made desserts. Ambre Levillian, Brand Ambassador at M. Chapoutier Wines will speak about the Beaujolais region, the terroir and the wines.



Alliance Française de Perth

17 November 6:30pm – 10pm

Taste three wines from the Beaujolais region provided by Chapoutier along with cheese from Fromager d’Affinois, charcuterie and live music. Vegetarian options available on request.

$60 for members; and $70 for non-members.



Alliance Française de Sydney

17 November 6:15pm – 7:30pm

While not the Beaujolais Nouveau 2022, three of the best Crus du Beaujolais selected by M. Chapoutier and Maison Trenel served alongside hand-picked pastries.

$20 for members and $25 for non-members



Alliance Française de Toowoomba

19 November 4pm – 7pm

Enjoy French wines and cheeses and learn connoisseur tips and fun facts about Beaujolais Nouveau

$20 for members; $25 for non-members.


Have you ever tried a Beaujolais Nouveau?



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