Beaujolais Nouveau 2022: facts and where to taste it

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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

 

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BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2022 CELEBRATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

 

CANBERRA

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.

 

GEELONG, VIC

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.

 

PERTH

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.

 

SYDNEY

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

 

TOOWOOMBA, QLD

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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International Merlot Day 2022: we delve into the world of French merlot

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Today, we celebrate International Merlot Day 2022 and delve into the world of French merlot. This famous red wine grape is celebrated annually on 7 November.

International Merlot Day 2022

France is the home of Merlot and to this day still has the majority of the world’s plantings of Merlot. It’s estimated to grow a significant 2/3 of the world’s merlot grapes!

 

In the family…

There’s a grape called Merlot Blanc but unlike Grenache Blanc and Gris, it is not a mutation of Merlot Noir, but rather, a child of it, resulting from a cross of Merlot Noir with a grape called Folle Blanche, which was prominent in France back before the phylloxera outbreak destroyed it.

 

And while on the topic of grapes you might not have heard of, it was the researchers at the University of California who discovered through DNA research that Merlot itself comes from a grape, which no longer exists and which they named Magdeleine Noire des Charentes.

 

That mouthful of a grape name also cloned with other grapes to create Malbec, Guignard de Saintours and Mourtès. So that makes those three grapes Merlot’s half-siblings!

 

Thirsty to know more about Merlot? Check out last year’s article where we shared 17 things you didn’t know about Merlot. But don’t miss our International Merlot Day 2022 recommendation below.

 

INTERNATIONAL MERLOT DAY 2022 RECOMMENDATION

As always, we reached out to French wine importers in Australia to hear their French Merlot recommendations.

 

Clos Cachet

Ashleigh Huggins from Clos Cachet recommends Mondot – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 for International Merlot Day.

International Merlot Day 2022Why?

Troplong Mondot is one of the largest vineyards in Saint-Emilion, with vines first established in 1700 with a chateau built in 1745. As a fabulous second wine of the chateau it has the power and finesse of a top Bordeaux blend, with an acute focus on the Merlot grape to bring out the terroir-infused energy with notes of red cherries.

 

How does French Merlot differ from Australian Merlot?

Bearing many similarities between the two countries, Merlot in Australia is an easy to drink wine that is more tame than most other reds of the country. In France, its primary use is in the bold Bordeaux blends to bring earthy tones, with the ability to stand alone as a strong single varietal wine. Slightly more tannic in France, there are slightly more complex creations of Merlot simply due to the centuries of vine growth and winemaking that has occurred unlike the newer 50 years of plantings in Australia.

 

What would you pair this Merlot with?

Grilled chops, steak in red wine sauce, roast beef or lamb, and a favourite of crispy duck pancakes.

Happy International Merlot Day 2022! Show us what you’re drinking by tagging @matildamarseillaise on Facebook and instagram! 

 

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