Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau has a bad reputation as being cheap and often undrinkable wine, and in many cases that’s indeed the case. Beaujolais is supposed to be cheap, and it’s meant to be consumed in the year it was produced: Come New Year’s, no one is supposed to be drinking Nouveau any more until next November, when the 2011 releases come out.

2009′s Nouveau was surprisingly quite good (especially Beaujolais-Villages), but 2010 mostly represents a return to the usual, with overly jammy wines produced in bulk without a lot of interest to them. Not undrinkable, but hardly showstoppers.

We tasted both of Duboeuf’s new releases.

2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau – Bright red berry notes, especially strawberry. Candy-like, fading into some moderate earth character. Two tastes that don’t play well together, but it improves with aeration. C+ / $9

2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau – Equally jammy with strong strawberry notes, but with a touch more balance. Green and herbal on the finish, fading to a rough and lightly astringent finale. Better, but only marginally so. B- / $11

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8 Responses to Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

  1. I had this over the Thanksgiving weekend and I found it quite undrinkable. It tasted more like someone had liquefied a quart of tart raspberries and bottled it rather than a wine. I’ve been a huge fan of past Beaujolais vintages but I couldn’t even finish one glass of this one. I ended up pouring it out and getting a glass of Jean Bousquet Merlot instead, which was great as usual.

  2. I just purchased a bottle of Beaujolaise Nouveau 2010 AND IT HAD NO CORK INSIDE?????? OPENED UP THE FOIL AND IT WAS EMPTY…..NO CORK???? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? i THINK THEY SHOULD SEND ME A CREDIT.

  3. I just purchased a bottle of Beaujolaise Nouveau 2010 AND IT HAD NO CORK INSIDE?????? OPENED UP THE FOIL AND IT WAS EMPTY…..NO CORK???? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? i THINK THEY SHOULD SEND ME A CREDIT. What do you think?

  4. How did you miss that there was no wine in it?

  5. Loved 2009 harvest. This year’s is terrible and I am stuck with a case!

  6. I would have to second what Christopher Null mentioned. Did you grow up taking the little bus with the other special kids? That’s very s strange to make up something such as that. The box weight when shipped would be less then quit a bit. packing the cases for vendors and such would notice this odd case you claim.
    Besides a little bashing, as for the g rape used in this wine, well, one could say its young and fresh,yet, non elite for gnarly wine connoisseurs. The taste is very moderate with little tanons involved among its palette, but can be described as refreshing. The bad thing is the grapes are bought from France. Remember, those people we protected yet do not have the USA back.

  7. I have not had a decent Beaujolais Nouveau since 1978. Optimistically looking to 2011.

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