It’s been years since I’ve tasted a Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine famous for being the first wine released of every vintage year, bottled weeks after the harvest and released on the third Thursday of each November. (Tradition states that these wines should be consumed before the end of the year.)
Years ago, the folks that make Beaujolais Nouveau decided to extend the Nouveau lineup, adding Beaujolais Nouveau Rose to the mix. Only in recent years have these wines come to the U.S., however. Georges Duboeuf’s first Nouveau Rose in the U.S. arrived in 2019.
Like Beaujolais Nouveau, Nouveau Rose is made from the gamay varietal. The difference in color is dictated by skin contact with the dark fruit of the gamay grape.
This was my first encounter with Nouveau Rose, which I tasted alongside a classic Beaujolais Nouveau, both from Georges Duboeuf.
2021 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Rose – Quite dry, the wine has a gentle strawberry tone, overlaid with florals, but only lightly. There’s plenty of fruit to lift this up as an aperitif, and it acquits itself as a fine little sipper. Probably something I’d prefer in summertime than November, but hey. B+ / $14
2021 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau – Less overbearingly fruity than I’ve encountered in prior vintages, though it pops with cherry and some strawberry jam notes. Milk chocolate notes linger on a chewy, slightly doughy finish. Fun, but nothing that will blow your mind. B / $15