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Château de Belleverne, Beaujolais Nouveau 2021

Château de Belleverne, Beaujolais Nouveau 2021

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! 

It’s that time again - Beaujolais Nouveau Day - when glasses are raised across the world to mark this year’s release. If you purchase 6 bottles or more, the price will be the same as last year (just £12 per bottle).

Once again we are shipping nouveau from Château de Belleverne at La Chapelle de Guinchay, 3km east of Chenas.

The grapes are harvested from vines planted on an array of different terroirs: siliceous clay (St Amour), granite (Chenas) and limestone, all scattered in a beautiful playground of 36 hectares (originally 8 hectares when the family took over the property in 1969.

Brothers Didier and Alain own vineyards in the Villages plain as well as in the Crus of Juliénas, Chénas, St Amour and Moulin à Vent.

The Beaujolais Villages harvest started on Monday 13th September 2021 and a run up of 10 days of glorious sunshine has helped to develop phenolic ripeness in the grapes. As with the majority in the Beaujolais region, the vineyards were affected by the early April frosts with Beaujolais and Villages communes experiencing 50% loss of grapes, slightly less in the Crus with more altitude with a resulting effect on pricing.

Tasting the grapes on vine just before harvest suggested a good balance, but let’s face it, Nouveau is all about quaffing, celebration of the harvest and fun!

How to serve

Slightly chilled at about 13°c - and generously. It doesn’t improve with age, so enjoy the moment.

 

We also have a small quantity of Organic Beaujolais Nouveau 2021 from Domaine de la Couvette and Sharpham New Release 2021, a white English nouveau wine.

 

What our customers think...

 “I always buy a few bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau every year. A family tradition has grown over the years of saving one bottle for about a month and serving it slightly chilled to accompany the cold meats on Boxing Day, which always goes down a treat.”
Stuart P


“I buy a case or two of Beaujolais Nouveau every year. It's a light easy-drinking wine which should be drunk within a few months and certainly before spring the following year. I like to see how it varies from year to year ... some years the bubblegum taste is very prominent.”
Martin T

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Since the 1800s, Beaujolais growers have made and drunk early wines to celebrate the end of the harvest. Now Beaujolais Nouveau is drunk all over the world, especially in the US, UK, and Japan where they're mad about it. The 1960s saw the start of the obsession with getting the new vintage before anyone else, and what began as a sprint to get the wine to Paris spread to become a race to get bottles to scores of locations across the world. It’s now a quirky international event.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day, 18th November 2021

Every year, Beaujolais Nouveau Day celebrates the release of France’s most popular vin de primeur (early wine). A light and fruity red made from Gamay grapes which have been grown and harvested by around 400 small farmers in the Beaujolais region, it’s bottled and sold within just 6-8 weeks of the grapes being picked.

The 'must' (freshly picked grape juice) is pressed after only three days, so the astringent tannins usually found in red wine are hardly noticeable. As a result, Beaujolais Nouveau is almost like a white wine, despite its purple-pink colour. Expect the bright, fresh, red-fruit flavours of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, plus notes of banana, grape and pear drop which bring to mind the childhood flavours of bubble-gum.

Serious or frivolous?

This is definitely in the fun category: the wine is inexpensive and easy-drinking, with the joy coming from taking part in an international wine moment each year. Even the labels are lively and part of the experience is finding out how the new bottles will be dressed.

Strictly for drinking?

No, you can cook with it too - traditionally in coq au vin or to poach pears.