Review: 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Review: 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 BottleMeet the new Beauj. Same as the old Beauj.

Beaujolais Nouveau — the French Gamay-based wine that’s released mere weeks after the grapes are pressed — isn’t exactly a challenging wine, and this year’s installment keeps close to the formula.

Intensely sugary, it’s like Concord grape jam blended with a little alcohol to make it drinkable. Somehow this grows on you — and there’s just a touch of mint chocolate in the body to give that jammy fruit a little complexity. It’s a jolt to the senses when you first take a sip. By the time you finish your glass — and realistically, you’ll be ready for another wine after the first glass — it’s grown on you enough to consider hanging on to the bottle for day two.

Want page after page of riffs on the lunacy (and history) of Beau-Nou? Joe Appel‘s got you covered. I’m too tired to make the jokes about the QR code.

B / $9 /

2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Becky on December 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    My husband bought me two bottles tonight (I was so excited!) and it has just begun to turn and tastes awful!!! :(

  2. Amy on December 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I have always enjoyed this wine, but this year, it is awful! I could not drink it!

  3. Gary on February 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    My better half & I are lovers of dry wine…. The girl at the checkout told me this was a very sweet red wine, like a table wine. Due to a GREAT price on the bottle I decided to buy one. Two days later, we uncorked the bottle and was amazed by the full bodied dryness and flavor this red wine had….!!! We loved it so much the next day I went back and bought all they had in stock. By-the-way, we are sitting here enjoying another of many glasses of the FINE wine.

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