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November 20, 2014

Today (Nov. 20) the hills of Beaujolais will be alight with fireworks, music and festivals, as the region celebrates the first wines of its harvest. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday of November, scant weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Juicy, tart and vibrant, ‘Bojo Nouveau' wines, as they're called, are for instant thirst-quenching enjoyment, and worth checking out at your favourite store. (By the way, most French wine regions release young wines, but the Beaujolais have absolutely aced the marketing of these cherry-hued youngsters.)

Christophe Pacalet Beaujolais-Villages 2011


Christophe Pacalet Beaujolais-Villages 2011


France +15800

In a way, this wine is the antithesis of Beaujolais Nouveau: it's a supreme terroir expression, but it possesses the same unadorned, pure red fruit that marks the young wines we celebrate every November. Christophe Pacelet is the nephew of the late, great Marcel Lapierre, and he farms his fruit and makes his wine in the same natural manner. The result is a delicate, raspberry-scented light red, alive with red-fruit flavours, bracing acidity, mild tannins and a forceful, stony finish. Humming with life and arrestingly feral, try it with grilled saucisson, braised rabbit with Dijon, or simple charcuterie.






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