Beaujolais: The Versatile and Bodacious Wine
In the past few years Beaujolais Nouveau has been hot. When November 19 comes around Beaujolais fans can be found dancing in the aisles of wine shops.
Why wait until November to get your Beaujolais on? It is a wine that you can enjoy during the whole year. Did you know that there are twelve different Beaujolais appellations, with ten of them known as Cru Beaujolais. Basically, there is a little something to sip for everyone.
About 98% of Beaujolais is normally made with the Gamay Noir grape, a cross between a Pinot Noir and the Gouais Blanc grape. While you may see wines from California that say they are using Gamaygrapes, remember that it is a different variety. You have to go French to get the true taste of Gamay.
I was invited to the Beaujolais Food Feast at Huertas in New York City. Various Beaujolais wines were paired with small plates to show off the versatility of the wine. We sipped around seven wines, but here are a select few for you to get to know:
The Domaine des Nugues, Beaujolais Villages Rosé 2014 was exquisite. It was clean and crisp on the palate with fruit aromas. It is rare to find a rosé from this area. When you see it, grab it. This light bodied wine would be perfect for entertaining or sipping while sitting under the stars at a summer concert.
If you are looking for something that is more of a medium body wine, then go for Clos de la Roulette, Fleurie 2012 . The aromas in this wine are heavy floral with notes of violet, rose, iris, black currant, and soft red fruits. This is the kind of wine that you drink when you want to get your senses moving and grooving. It would pair well with smoked meats, steaks, and other comfort food.
It took me a while to embrace drinking wine with my dessert. I admit that I was missing out for not pairing it sooner. Next time you want to serve some wine with something sweet select Dominique Piron, Beaujolais Villages 2013. With aromas of plum and citrus this Beaujolais, gets a round of applause.
Now that you have some suggestions don’t forget to give some love to Beaujolais year round. It’s a versatile wine that can be used for all of your needs, discover Beaujolais. Santé!