It’s that time of year again, the new wine has arrived. Beaujolais Nouveau that is, fresh from La France. Produced from Gamay grapes in the region on it’s namesake this vin de primeur is fermented for just a few weeks before being released year in year, out on the third Thursday of November, which falls on the 20th of this month this time round, a date which we are obliged to respect. So don’t be asking for a bottle prior to that, such requests will be met with disdainful scorn.
Beaujolais had always made a vin de l’année to celebrate the end of the harvest, but until WWII it was only for local consumption. In fact, once the Beaujolais AOC was established in 1937, AOC rules meant that Beaujolais wine could only be officially sold after 15 December in the year of harvest. These rules were relaxed on 13 November 1951, and the Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais (UIVB) formally set 15 November as the release date for what would henceforth be known as Beaujolais nouveau.