Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!
The day we've all been waiting for has come, our wonderful local juice is ready.
This year, I took a deep dive into the high quality Nouveaux that most people don't know exist. Yes, it's true. Nouveau can be amazing!
Read my guide to Beaujolais, and my essay on the history of Beaujolais Nouveau.
Domaine JG Chasselay Beaujolais Nouveau 2020
Claire Chasselay is a great winemaker and runs her family's 600 year old estate as the first female winemaker on the books. Pretty cool.
This Nouveau is not your light fruit bomb of the past, but has some serious grip. I would recommend sitting on this for a couple months if you can stand it.
Organic and biodynamic. Love this art nouveau label too!
Château Thivin Beaujolais Nouveau 2020
This is for sure one of the best known producers of super high quality Beaujolais around, and their Nouveau is no different.
This one is much more the light, fruity style that you're expecting. Also, I love that they put it under screwcap! So modern!
Keep your eyes peeled for their Côte de Brouilly once you've thrown back this bottle of Nouveau, it's *very* good stuff.
Organic conversion right now.
Domaine Perol Abracadaboum Beaujolais Nouveau 2020
This is a new one for me, but I read about how great Anthony Perol's Nouveau is and decided to check him out. Luckily for me, he's neighbors with Claire Chasselay so it was an easy morning!
I'm particularly excited about this organic wine because it has zero added sulfites, something I'm curious about. I'm not team anti-sulfite, just to be clear, but this will give us plenty to chat about during our happy hour.
David Large Massai Beaujolais Nouveau 2020
And last but not least we have David Large, who was actually the first winemaker I ever visited when I moved here. He makes completely insane wines that have to be tasted to be believed, wait around for the Christmas box because I'll be including his Beaujolais-Villages which honestly reminds me of Australian Cab, yup, it's wild.
This is classic natural wine, organic, tiny production, and savvy at marketing. David and his girlfriend Célia are super nice and they speak English, so make sure to keep them in mind for any trips up to Beaujolais. His vines are in Montmelas, which is really quite close to here!
And that's it, happy Beaujolais Nouveau!