Georges Dubouef Beaujolais Nouveau 2014
Sweet young fruit with short-length makes for a fairly uninteresting, albeit easy drinking, red wine.
Bottled just 6-8 weeks after harvest, the Beaujolais Nouveau is a remarkably young wine from Beaujolais, Burgundy. Traditionally, it is released once a year for sale on the last Thursday of November, meaning its a wine just in time for the Christmas season.
So how does the 2014 vintage compare with the previous years? While it’s not their finest harvest, one thing is for sure: it is a sweeter one.
The Beaujolais Nouveau has one of the ripest colours on the eyes, a ruby-red with purple hues, which shows off its young, attractive quality. However on the nose you don’t get vibrant fresh fruit, instead there’s a jammy, bubble gum flavour that seems dull and bland.
While it is very easy-to-drink, and you could quite easily put it in the “nice” category, it’s one of those wines you might worry about waking up with a headache if you have a glass too many. There’s not really any tannin, as you might expect from most Beaujolais, but worst of all there’s no character in the wine.
The 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau sold how it does every year – quickly and to a huge barrage of fans ready to drink it. However, I can’t help but think that for yet another year all Beaujolais producers’ other wine will see their winemakers trying their hardest to avoid any association with the Nouveau.
Boiled sweets and bubble gum notes make for a sweeter vintage but without any prominent fruit or character it’s a bit of a flat one too.
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