It’s been a few years since we’ve dug into Beaujolais Nouveau, the (in)famous wine that marks the first production of the season — and is intended to be consumed before the year on the label is up. These fresh bottles won’t be around for long (we hope), so dig in while you can.
2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau – Beaujolais Nouveau tends to have a certain undercooked, raw-grape character, and there’s no mistaking that flavor here on a brashly (if intentionally) immature, in-your-face wine. Straightforward notes of cranberry and unripe cherry dominate up front, the body evoking dusky tannin and some muddy, indistinct mixed spice elements. Gritty and grippy on the quite lengthy, and very sour, finish. It’s fun to try this wine once a year, but there’s nothing much to merit a longer-term celebration. C+ / $15 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
2022 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Rose Nouveau – Bright, brilliant strawberry up top leads the way to notes of fresh cream and white flowers as the wine builds on its exuberant attack. You’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this from a Provence rose, and why would you bother? The semi-sweet operator ends with notes of vanilla and a pinch of baking spice, almost making you forget how cold it is outside. Absolutely straightforward — and easy to quaff all the way. A- / $15 [BUY IT NOW FROM WINE.COM]