Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

Post by x9200 » Sat, 17 Nov 2012 10:33 am

What I managed to buy in CS (Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012) is practically undrinkable. I know what Beaujolais Nouveau is so no high expectations but never had it that young (or so it tasted). Is it this year so bad or this particular name?

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Re: Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

Post by JR8 » Sat, 17 Nov 2012 5:43 pm

x9200 wrote:What I managed to buy in CS (Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012) is practically undrinkable. I know what Beaujolais Nouveau is so no high expectations but never had it that young (or so it tasted). Is it this year so bad or this particular name?
- Beaujolais Nouveau is pretty undrinkable, even at the best of times.
- The harvest is not usually in and bottled until October-ish. Factor in say a month from vineyard to SG shop, and you have to consider what you drunk almost a 'novelty item'*.
- France had it's worst harvest in a very long time this year, so this brand who are a blender will likely have been forced to buy (even) lower quality grapes than usual.
- Georges Duboeuf is the big BN brand. In fact I can't think of another!


* Even in the best years I'd consider BN a novelty item, sort of akin to grape juice with rough edges. Ok for a sip to toast in the new harvest...

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 17 Nov 2012 6:12 pm

I know I know but I have never had anything that bad before and I the choice was a still bit better. In more lucky years BN tasted more closely to some reasonable Merlots. I realize BN is more about drinking opportunity for a ridiculous price rather than any good taste but still kind of disappointing.

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 17 Nov 2012 6:41 pm

x9200 wrote:I know I know but I have never had anything that bad before and I the choice was a still bit better. In more lucky years BN tasted more closely to some reasonable Merlots. I realize BN is more about drinking opportunity for a ridiculous price rather than any good taste but still kind of disappointing.
I think it's probably mostly the knock-on effects from a terrible harvest, as I agree, in a normal year, a glass or two of BN is at least palatable.

Unless they stuck the container on the top deck of the ship, then all bets are off... :)

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Post by x9200 » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:10 am

A night of breathing in the fridge (~10 deg C) and a miracle happened. Much better. We managed to finish the bottle :)

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