What a pleasure to be asked to participate in a tasting of reds wines from France. Even more exciting was that they’re Beaujolais, one of the most underrated and under appreciated regions of France. These are some of the most fruit-forward, versatile, and food-friendly wines…yet most people only think about Beaujolais Nouveau when they hear Beaujolais. The history is so great that the 1st wine we tasted, Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils has been making Beaujolais Rouge since 16AD!!
Beaujolais Rouge are made from the Gamay grape and are fermented in stainless steel and often go through semi-carbonic maceration. This process lends to fruity flavors of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry in your glass. Such ripe, fruity flavors are found in the glass, this is the PERFECT wine for white wine drinker that wants to try something red. I say this all the time, I really hope someone out there is listening. Beaujolais is also best served with a slight chill, another plus for the white wine drinker.
Most Beaujolais to be drunk young, so don’t hold onto these too long. If you get one, drink it right away, you’ll thank me!!