It’s Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau time

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

Thurs­day 17th Novem­ber is Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau Day cel­e­brat­ing the first wine of the sea­son which is just a few weeks af­ter the har­vest. Per­haps the most well-known pro­ducer of Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau is Ge­orges Duboeuf, who is cred­ited as one of the mar­ket­ing ge­niuses be­hind the wine.

Most vin­tages should be con­sumed by the fol­low­ing May af­ter its re­lease, how­ever Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau is meant to be drunk young. This fresh and fruity red is the re­sult of a quick fer­men­ta­tion process that ends up with a tasty, clean wine that is en­joyed by palates the world over. The Ga­may grapes that go into Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau are hand­picked in the Beau­jo­lais prov­ince of France. The wine ac­tu­ally orig­i­nated about a cen­tury ago as a cheap and cheer­ful drink pro­duced by lo­cals to cel­e­brate the end of the har­vest sea­son. Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau owes its easy drink­a­bil­ity to a wine­mak­ing process called car­bonic mac­er­a­tion, also known as whole-berry fer­men­ta­tion. This tech­nique pre­serves the fresh, fruity qual­ity of the grapes with­out ex­tract­ing bit­ter tan­nins from the grape skins.

Thanks to phe­nom­e­nal weather and sun­shine blaz­ing through­out the en­tire har­vest, both the pick­ers and the wine­mak­ers are ex­tremely happy. The grapes they’ve col­lected are beau­ti­fully ripe, plump and de­light­fully sweet. Ac­cord­ing to the weather fore­cast­ers, this has been the warm­est and sun­ni­est month of Septem­ber for fifty years. This year’s har­vest has been noth­ing less than a de­light.

As is al­ways the case when the har­vest comes late in the year, Ge­orges Duboeuf’s wine­mak­ers have to make sure that the mal­o­lac­tic fer­men­ta­tion process be­gins as soon as the al­co­holic fer­men­ta­tion draws to a close. 2016 is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from 2015 – this year’s vin­tage will of­fer ev­ery­thing we could want in a great Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau. These are de­li­cious, lively and joy­ful wines, packed with charm. Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau lovers will adore them of course, but their sun-kissed charms could even win over those con­cerned about the de­vel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity of the vin­tage.

Ge­orges Duboeuf’s famed Beau­jo­lais wines are im­ported, mar­keted and dis­trib­uted by Far­sons Bev­er­age Im­ports Com­pany (FBIC) Lim­ited, a mem­ber of the Far­sons Group.

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