THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN….

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Skin­ner

The Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau is with us again, for bet­ter or worse. Ar­riv­ing in mid­late Novem­ber, a good one (if there is such as thing) will keep to Christ­mas and even into Spring. The largest pro­ducer is Ge­orges Duboeuf and it is no co­in­ci­dence that his is the mar­que we see most fre­quently in su­per­mar­kets. This year’s is not bad at all – just about the ten or so Euros you will have to pay for it: some mod­est fruit, a bit of the inim­itable tang of the Gamay grape, a fair bal­ance and a tiny hint of petil­lance at the fin­ish. Un­less Christ­mas day is cold, I can imag­ine sit­ting around the ta­ble with good roast turkey or plump chicken and en­joy­ing a glass or two, ever-so-slightly chilled. As well as Duboeuf, I also en­joy the rather classy ver­sion from Al­bert Bi­chot.

I have a sen­ti­men­tal at­tach­ment to Nou­veau and I doubt if there is a year I haven’t had a bot­tle or two, since first tast­ing it in Paris in 1970, at Christ­mas time. We had set out to drive to An­tibes, in south­ern France, to spend the Christ­mas hol­i­days. At our overnight stop, in Lyon, the weather turned foul, the roads were snowed over and we were ma­rooned there for three days. After that we de­cided to go back to Paris. There, on a chill day, we availed our­selves of a cosy lit­tle restau­rant in Mont­martre, where with the house Paté and Steak/Frites we en­joyed a bot­tle of Nou­veau.

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