You make Bridgend - which I left over 50 years ago - sound quite classy.
The last time I visited the Beaujolais region and was escorted around several growers by my contact there, we tasted many examples of their ‘new wine’ (not bottled Beaujolais Nouveau I hasten to add) just new wine in progress. The fruit and aromas were wonderful and gave a superb indication of how the wine would develop. November is a great time to visit, the scenery is quite stunning!
Beaujolais is just such wonderful value for money. Having said that I don’t drink it that often, prefer “proper” Burgundy. However, when the sun is shining and the BBQ is lit…
Last time we stayed there Beaujolais did seem a bit down at heel compared with the Côte d’Or so I wouldn’t rush back for a trip. Jura - that’s the place! And the wines!!
I totally get this combination, but strangely - for me a Beaujolais (especially a Cru) is the epitome of an autumnal wine. Maybe it’s the earthy, soil-y forest-berries aromas and the associations it creates, I’m not sure, but I do seem to enjoy it much more during the colder months.
Autumn is for Brunello di Montalcino and Geverey Chambertin and Vosnee Romanée.
BTW have cooked pears in beaujolais?
Do you like Morgon? For me it’s too wannabe Burgundy.
A problem with BN is that, to get it out in time, the grapes have to be harvested by a fixed calendar date that is unrelated to how ripe the grapes are in any particular year. Also, I suspect that the winemaking is sub-optimal due to the impending deadline. We were there once at the point when the BN grapes had been harvested, but the rest was being left to ripen properly.
However much you like young Beaujolais, it would never hurt to wait a few more weeks to get a better wine.
A sobering thought that the indigenous grape of Burgundy was the Gamay, before it was ripped out to the benefit of Pinot Noir!
Good point. Having an artificial deadline goes totally against the grain especially when you consider the agonies that winemakers put themselves through determining the date of the vendage.
Tried the Waitrose offering last night (made, as last year, by Signe Vigneron). Not impressed. Decent nose but not much fruit and a rather bitter finish. Much better in 2018.
BJ doesn’t really work as summer wine for me, for the simple reason it doesn’t go with what I eat in summer (lots of vegetables, fresh stuff). Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Ribeira Sacra Mencía and quite a few other Alpine and Mediterranean wines work much better. French wine in general doesn’t match well with this kind of food, in my experience.