Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the third Thursday in November. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. France celebrates the occasion with fireworks, music and festivals. Parties are held throughout the country and other parts of the world to celebrate the first wine of the season.
The wine originated about a century ago as a 'vin de l'année' - a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The Beaujolais AOC was established in 1937, and after WWII the wine was sold outside of the area. By the 1970's, Beaujolais Nouveau day was a national event.
The Gamay grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked in the Beaujolais province. Nouveau is made with carbonic maceration, or whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.
The result is a cherry-red colored, tasty, clean wine that is best served chilled. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be consumed young, within 5-7 months.
Kysela is proud to offer Beaujolais Nouveau from Manoir du Carra and Domaine Descroix. Nouveau sells out on the release day, so contact your KPF representative, state distributor or local retailer to place a pre-order.