We’ve all been eagerly anticipating the return of something… well, nouveau. What started as a celebration of each hard-won wine harvest with these young, fruit-forward wines amongst vineyard workers, has now become a five day festival called Les Sarmentelles, with fireworks, live music, and of course wine tastings! A third of Beaujolais’ Gamay production is dedicated to Nouveau, which has a rough time span of 1.5 months from vine to wine, with about 35 million bottles produced and distributed to over 100 countries.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying Beaujolais Nouveau, you’re in for a treat! We’ve got you covered with three of our favorite Bojo Nouveau producers – Domaine des Marrans, Karim Vionnet, and Paul Durdilly et Fils. Read on to learn more about these celebratory, seasonal red wines.
A family-owned estate run by Mathieu Mélinand, Domaine des Marrans is located just outside of Morgon, in the village of Saint-Jean d’Ardieres. They exclusively hand-harvest their grapes from vines that are 50+ years old. With the vinification being proudly old school - semi-carbonic maceration, indigenous yeast, and aged in cement for a month - Domaine des Marrans produces organic Beaujolais Nouveaus with seductive notes of red berries, Asian spices, and smoky minerality.
Karim Vionnet is a rising star of Beaujolais. Karim was a baker before he decided to follow his passion and become a winemaker. He worked under Guy Breton for 5 years before establishing his own domain in 2006 in Villie-Morgon. From his 5ha domain, Karim’s aim is to "make a wine that is simple and natural." Unnecessary intervention and artifices, both in the vineyard and during fermentation, are avoided, emphasizing high quality and terroir driven wines, such as this silky smooth, bright and festive Beaujolais Nouveau.
Domaine Paul Durdilly is a small father-and-son team with some of the highest elevation vineyards in all of Beaujolais. This juicy, spicy Gamay hails from some of his best parcels and offers a floral festival in the glass. Made from 40-70 year old vines, silky smooth, with notes of raspberry and cherry, this is a high quality Nouveau that you won’t want (or be able) to put down!