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Thursday, November 21, 2013

5 Favorite Beaujolais

“Le Beaujolais nouveau est arriveé!” The strike of midnight on the third Thursday of each November marks the annual official release of Beaujolais nouveau, but beyond those rush-to-market bottles, the Beaujolais region is home to a growing number of winemakers producing tiptop wines from the Gamay grape—here are five we’ll happily sip any time of year.

Jean-Paul Brun FRV 100
Bubbly Beaujolais? Why not! This sparkling Gamay is an ideal bottle for brunch with fresh berry flavors, creamy effervescence and just a kiss of sweetness.

Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vielles Vignes 2012
Often considered one of the founding fathers of modern-day Beaujolais, Jean-Paul Thévenet is among the most respected winemakers of the region. Farmed biodynamically in the Morgon cru, this bottle offers up concentrated flavors of dark cherries and plums met by a flinty minerality on the finish.

Stephane Aviron Beaujolais Village 2011
This old-vine Gamay from naturally minded Stephane balances approachability and structure with a fruit-forward finesse and wallet-friendly price.

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2011
Hailing from the Fleurie appellation within Beaujolais, this Gamay intermingles notes of fresh-cut flowers and dried herbs with its fruity freshness.

Potel-Aviron Beaujolais-Villages 2010
Gamay shines in all its straight-forward and easy-drinking glory in this bottle. Expect food-friendly flavors of ripe strawberries, a touch of vanilla and cracked pepper spice.