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Review: 2005 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

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Like my business partner, Dave, I will not even begin to pretend to be a wine connoisseur, but can affirm that I heartily enjoy a variety of wines, beers, and liquors and look forward to sharing some of my favorites – old and new – with you.

As unlikely as it may seem to those who may know me otherwise, I have heretofore clearly been the proverbial ‘silent’ partner on The Bar Project blog. However, I am equally excited to dive into a new world – particularly given that neither of us has any real professional experience in this area, which makes the trek all that more adventurous.

Now – on to the reason for this entry and our next wine review.

Tradition Wins Out – The French Connection

Although I too very much enjoy Australian wines, I decided to stay away from these for the time being and rather settled upon two French mainstays for my first reviews – one an old favorite and one a “new” favorite.

As the rules dictate we’ll be drinking what we review when we review it and, today, my taste buds are feeling like fun so I’ll review the more festive of the two – a 2005 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau.

Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine produced from the new harvest without the usual time required for traditional fermentation – in effect, it is the proverbial ‘fast food’ of the wine industry. Accordingly, Beaujolais Nouveau is sped to market with great pomp and circumstance in late November and meant to be enjoyed from day one, surely not to be saved. Always reasonably priced, Beaujolais Nouveau makes a good candidate as a general table wine. As an easy-going red, it makes a good choice when you’re not sure what you’ll be eating or even if you’re not sure your friends enjoy red wine.

Although it has a less robust bouquet than other reds, I must admit I have never really appreciated the smell of a wine… and yes, I am aware that much of our sense of “taste” is based on olfactory stimulation, I must share my own observation that I don’t actually drink wine through my nose and therefore prefer to enjoy the flavor – olfactory stimulation included – as experienced with the wine actually in my mouth. But I digress…

When sipped, Georges DuBoeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau has a mellow, fruity introduction with a light follow-through… In a word, it is refreshing, leaving little aftertaste, although it’s flavor and body intensifies slightly if you hold it in your mouth before swallowing – an aspect I actually enjoy as this, in effect, gives you your own volume control although within the relatively safe limits of Beaujolais Nouveau.

In general, I would characterize Georges DuBoeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau as approachable and “unsophisticated” – don’t get me wrong when I use these terms – I mean only that it seems straightforward and uncomplicated – surely not a bad thing. Perhaps “unpretentious” is really the word I’m looking for.

A lighter-bodied, fruitier red, it doesn’t require the commitment of a Cabernet Sauvignon with it’s fuller body and puckering tannins. If you’re a pure cab lover and horrified by the thought of a red wine served chilled, then this wine probably isn’t for you, but then you likely already knew that.

If you’re a white wine lover and ready to ease into an appreciation of reds, Beaujolais Nouveau is a relatively easy way to dip your toes and I think you’ll find Georges DuBoeuf’s a safe and enjoyable choice.

I have long been acquainted with Georges DuBoeuf and was first introduced to a Georges DuBoeuf Merlot. Although I have since moved around to enjoy the full variety of reds, I still find Georges DuBoeuf to be a most reliable and recommendable choice for Beaujolais Nouveau. This isn’t so surprising as Georges DuBoeuf is probably most well known for Beaujolais Nouveau and has been a significant contributor to establishing its widespread popularity.

Beaujolais Nouveau is, in general, heavily characterized by its tradition as a first and I like to share the idea that the first wine of the season is in itself a fun experience in which to take part.

 

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