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Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Beaujolais Nouveau Release

Le Nouveau Est Arrive!

Once a year, the third Thursday in November, wine amateurs & afficianados throughout the world lift their glasses to that young, fresh, fruity wine of the Beaujolais Nouveau. Come raise a glass and be a part of the excitement at Sun Singer as we uncork the highly anticipated Beaujolais Nouveau.

We will be featuring the Nouveaus by the glass at the wine bar as soon as they arrive.

Beaujolais Nouveau began as a local phenomenon in the local bars, cafes, and bistros of Beaujolais and Lyons. Each fall the new Beaujolais would arrive with much fanfare. In pitchers filled from the growers barrels, wine was drunk by an eager population. It was wine made fast to drink while the better Beaujolais was taking a more leisurely course. Eventually, the government stepped into regulate the sale of all this quickly transported, free-flowing wine.

In 1938 regulations and restrictions were put in place to restrict the where, when, and how of all this carrying on. After the war years, in 1951, these regulations were revoked by the region's governing body, the Union Interprofessional des Vins de Beaujolais (UIVB), and the Beaujolais Nouveau was officially recognized. The official release date was set for November 15th. Beaujolais Nouveau was officially born. By this time, what was just a local tradition had gained so much popularity that the news of it reached Paris. The race was born. It wasn't long thereafter that the word spilled out of France and around the world. In 1985, the date was again changed, this time to the third Thursday of November tying it to a weekend and making the celebration complete. But wherever the new Beaujolais went, importers had to agree not to sell it before midnight on the third Thursday of November.

 
Sun Singer offers six (6) Beaujolais Nouveau selections for 2017. All are poised for sale retail.

Be part of the celebration!
Four (4) of the Beaujolais will be featured in our bar and restaurant and are available by the glass. 
This is a great time to sample the new vintage and set aside your supplies for the holidays.  
Remember these wines are known to disappear quickly. We advise you make your selections promptly.

 

 2017 Vintage
 
2 oz
 
5 oz
 
Retail
 
Georges Duboeuf     11.99
The quintessential Beaujolais Nouveau from the region's most famous producer.
"This vivacious fruity red wine is a favorite of both wine aficionados and style setters. Versatile with many popular dishes, Beaujolais Nouveau is the ideal accompaniment for holiday entertaining." *Producer's note
 
Joseph Drouhin "Romane"     13.99
The label of this Beaujolais Nouveau was designed by Frédéric Drouhin's daughter, Romane.

"The nose displays fruits flavours: raspberries, black cherry with a hint of liquorish. The wines are round, well balanced, with the same fruit flavours. A lot of charm, lots of fruits and quite enjoyable wines." *Producer's note
 
Christophe Pacalet 3.50 7.25 14.99
For the Beaujolais Nouveau, this is complex with a woodsy musk nature that will fool even the most doubtful drinkers of Primeurs. Made from Christophe Pacalet's youngest vines (30 years old average). What you get is the most sophisticated Nouveau we've ever seen.
 
Dupeuble 3.50 7.25 14.99
Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau, created by the legendary Damien Dupeuble, is an exceptional Gamay produced using traditional winemaking methods developed centuries ago. After the grapes are hand-harvested at optimal ripeness, they are fermented using natural yeast. Every bottle boasts impeccable balance and luscious aromatics while maintaining the fun, casual, and fruit-forward character that makes Beaujolais Nouveau unique.

This is no ordinary Beaujolais Nouveau. It has some real substance going on with aromas of black fruit and even a dash of tannins. Made in a style that's fruity yet thoughtful.
 
Mommessin 3.25 6.75 12.99

Deep purple robe in the glass, with a nose of plum, violets & lavender. Flavors of plum, pomegranate & blueberry were followed with a surprising finish that was slightly tart (in a pleasant way) with just enough acid to make the mouth water.
 

Bouchard 3.25 6.75 12.99
Bright and intense red in the glass. Complex aromas reveal an abundance of colors of red fruits, notes of leather, anise, licorice and spices and balsamic undertones. On the palate, this Nouveaus features a velvety, round and full flavor, with a flexible structure and a long finish.

How about some cheese to go with that wine?
 
 



10 Fascinating Facts About Beaujolais Nouveau Every Wine Lover Should Know:
 
1. Beaujolais [BOE-zjoh-lay] Nouveau is always released the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest.
 
2. The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France's third largest city, Lyon.
 
3. All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand. These are the only vineyards, along with Champagne, where hand harvesting is mandatory.
 
4. Gamay (Gamay noir Jus Blanc) is the only grape permitted for Beaujolais. While certain California wineries may label their wine "Gamay Beaujolais" this is not the same grape variety as what is grown in France, and is quite different in taste and growing habits.
 
5. Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be made from grapes grown in the 10 crus (great growths) of Beaujolais-only from grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages.
 
6. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also called whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.
 
7. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young-in average vintages it should be consumed by the following May after its release. However, in excellent vintages (such as 2000) the wine can live much longer and can be enjoyed until the next harvest rolls around.
 
8. Serve Beaujolais Nouveau slightly cool, at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit-the wine is more refreshing and its forward fruit more apparent than if you serve it at room temperature.
 
9. Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.
 
10. The region of Beaujolais is known for its fabulous food. The famed Paul Bocuse Restaurant is just minutes from the heart of Beaujolais, as is Georges Blanc's eponymous culinary temple. These great restaurants have plenty of Beaujolais on their wine lists. This quintessential food wine goes well with either haute cuisine or Tuesday night's meat loaf.