From grape to glass: Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais nouveau vendange harvest

First cab off the wine rank this autumn in France will be the Beaujolais Nouveau. Samantha David explores the origins and party traditions around this fruity youngster

In the Beaujolais wine producing region, just to the south of Burgundy, it was traditional to make a young wine. a vin de l’année to drink at the end of the same year. In fact between 1937 and 1951, it could only be sold after December 15th of the year in which it was made, but the date was changed to November 15 in 1951.

Selling a new wine very soon after the harvest was good for cash-flow, and with the right marketing it was an excellent way of ...

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