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2017 Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2017 | Send Email
Here you have the inviting pink confection aromas of very young gamay. While not quite as flamboyant as the Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, the Drouhin shows darker and a slightly more reserved fruit while still offering the drinker a lush, full-bodied wine that is totally crushable. Chill and enjoy!

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2017 | Send Email
This year’s bottling from Joseph Drouhin is my favorite Beaujolais Nouveau we currently have in store. Fresh strawberries, banana, and tart cranberry, with subtle notes of forest floor and violets. On the palate, the wine is light and fresh with flavors of dried herbs, raspberry, plum, and potting soil. Perfect for a late fall picnic with some French bread and Brie Cheese. A very classic choice as well to pair this with Thanksgiving dinner!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2017 | Send Email
No surprise to me the Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau this year is completely balanced and a big hit right down the middle of what people want in this wine. Well balanced with a classic strawberry tart aspect and the bright acid one would expect. Juicy, fresh, and fun.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2017 | Send Email
This is finer and more restrained than the Duboeuf bottling and shows off an array of red fruits and sweet berries on the fine finish. Here is a Nouveau for Burgundy drinkers.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2017 | Send Email
This is delicious, and among the roundup of 2017's it is my favorite nouveau. Less simplistic and bubblegummy than that other Beaujolais nouveau (not to name names but the one that rhyme's with "enough"), the Drouhin is vinous, brightly fruited and has surprising structure and volume for a nouveau. Fresh, slightly floral and easy to drink, Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau is my nouveau pick for 2017!

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.