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Beaujolais Nouveau at the LCBO (November 16, 2011)

Chris Layton tells me this is the 30th year the LCBO has brought in Beaujolais Nouveau. This year there are only three true Nouveaux from Beaujolais, the rest from other regions of rance, Italy and one from Ontario.

Ontario

Reif Estates The Fool Gamay Nouveau ($10.95)
Ruby colour; spicy, white pepper, cherry nose; light-bodied, sour cherry flavor, lively acidity. (84)

France

Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau ($13.95)
Deep ruby colour; earthy, Bing cherry nose; dry, lean with a plum and leather flavor. (85)

Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau (Pays de l'Ardèche – $8.95)
Deep purple; earthy bouquet, plum with a touch of oak; fruity, dry with lively acidity. (86)

Vignerons Catalans Primeur Syrah Merlot ($9.95)
Dense purple colour; minerally, banana nose; medium-bodied, well extracted fruit; floral, minty blackberry; full on the palate. (87)

Les Vins Littoral Méditerranéen Jeanjean Syrah Primeur (Pays d'Oc – $9.95)
Purple colour; minerally, light blackberry and herbal nose; light on the palate, fruity; easy drinking. (86)

Italy

Novello Rosso Terre Di Chieti (75% Montepulciano, 25% Merlot – $8.95)
Dense purple colour; high toned, cherry nose; dry, cherry and blueberry flavours; thick on the palate. (87)

Negrar Novello del Veneto IGT (Corvina – $9.95)
Dense purple colour; cherry pit nose with a floral note; dry, black fruit flavor, firm structure. (86)

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Drouhin Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau ($14.95)
Deep purple colour; floral, cherry nose; elegant, dry, fruity, medium-bodied. (87)

Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau ($14.95)
Deep purple colour; fruity, black cherry nose; fresh and lively, touch of tannin on the finish. (87)

 

 

 

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