JUST IN TIME for Thanksgiving, France’s Beaujolais district has released that country’s first wine of the new, 2015 harvest — Beaujolais Nouveau. Made by untraditional methods to give consumers an early taste of the new vintage, this baby is certainly one of the notable ones with lots of fruity action on the palate. Thanks to ample sunshine throughout the summer and an early harvest, grapes obtained ideal maturity. Duboeuf thinks the 2015 vintage may be one of their best. I have to agree. It’s a lighter-bodied style wine by definition, short on the finish too, but this wine packs some real fruit. I think you’ll like this vintage.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015, $10.99: It’s got that cranberry, dark berry character we expect from Beaujolais wines, but this Nouveau also has lovely rich texture in the mouth and more substance than usual. Alcohol is 13 percent. The label changes every year. This one is festive and reminiscent of harvest with its orange and red depiction of a vineyard in the fall. The words “first wine of the harvest” are emblazoned on it. The whole package — from labeling to wine — is a joyful presentation for Thanksgiving Day guests. Traditionally it’s served slightly chilled but this one can probably hold together nicely without it. Prices will vary depending on the retailer.
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