The worldwide release of Beaujolais Nouveau is celebrated every third Thursday of November with a countdown. In Manila the annual Soirée Beaujolais was organized by the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. It was held at the Manila Hotel Tent City last November 20. This was not just a wine event but a gala that highlighted the many inventions and significant contributions of the French people. This year’s theme was “France: Tradition and Innovation”, perhaps for me France’s greatest achievement is the inclusion of French gastronomy in UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List. This was definitely showcased in a delicious buffet spread of authentic French food and wine.
The main feature of the evening was the two month old George Duboeuf “Beaujolais Nouveau” 2014. This Burgundy wine is made from the gamay grape using the Nouveau style of production. Carbonic maceration allows over 35 million bottles to be shipped all over the globe within two months after harvest. This very young wine is not meant to be aged; it must be consumed right away or enjoyed as soon as possible. It is fruity and easy to drink with little acidity and low tannins.
Available at Le Cellier Wines in Manila.