Every year by mid-November, Beaujolais wineries release their “nouveau” wines with great fanfare.
Nouveau-style wines are also produced in Italy and Ontario.
Nouveau wine grapes must be hand-harvested, and are subjected to a process called “carbonic maceration” witch makes partially possible to release that season’s wines in a few months. Induced malo-lactic fermentation also helps nouveau wines to mature fast.
Northern Italian and Ontario wineries also produce “nouveau” wines.
This year, the L C B O offers nine nouveau wines of which four originate in Italy and Ontario.
I tasted them all and scored them as follows:
The Hungry Man, Reif Estate, Ontario
(Note: This is a white wine based on Kerner)
The Fool, Gamay Nouveau, Reif Estate
Novello, Mezzacorona, Italy
Novello del Veneto, Cantina Negrar, Italy
Gamay Nouveau, G. Duboeuf, France
Beaujolais Primeur Nouveau, Art, France
Beaujolais Nouveau, J. Mommessin
Beaujolais Villages, J.Drouhin
Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, G. Duboeuf, France
Note: Nouveau-style wines should be enjoyed within two to three months after release.