Setting: Paris, France, my Pigalle closet
Occasion: Beaujolais Nouveau Release
Companionship: 6 anxious bottles, awaiting to be opened during the first MPA Wine Tasting on Saturday
Pairing: Just my complete and utter exhaustion
Method: aerated in bottle for 2 hours, yes I know in-the-bottle aeration is pointless, but I was busy working on something at the time
Eye: clear, electric purple
Nose: fresh fruit candy, cherry Now-and-Later, baked bread
Palate: under ripe cherries and plums, subtle cotton candy mid palate, dry, nice quaffing acidity, mild but progressing tannins, light-bodied, 11.5% alc.
Conclusion: There was a non fruit, very Nouveauy element that I detected but couldn’t identify. This is definitely the best Nouveau I’ve had, although my past experience was pure Georges Duboeuf over commercialized crap (not to dog Duboeuf, just his over commercialized Thanksgiving Nouveau that typically hits the States). This wine’s under ripe tones are not too compelling, yet this is very light and drinkable and enjoyable, if you keep everything in perspective.
Anecdote: I’ve been distracted all week by the onslaught of November wine events, as well as the mental and physical preparation for the first MPA Wine Club Tasting. John Biers and I are hosting. It’s gonna be sweet! We went to La Grande Epicerie du Bon Marché today to pick out the bottles.