Beaujolais Nouveau comes in less quantity, but higher quality, with heat wave

Each year, Beaujolais Nouveau goes on sale in France on the third Thursday of November. A record heat wave in the Beaujeu region this year has reduced the quantity of wine, but some say the quality is better – fruity, round and “nice in the mouth”.

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Beaujolais Nouveau is back on the tables in Beaujeu, home of Beaujolais, on Thursday.

At the Sarmentelles festival, which takes its name from the French word for vine cuttings, revelers include tourists trying their first Beaujolais.

At midnight, as is tradition every third Thursday in November, the barrel of the new Beaujeu wine was pierced, marking the start of the Sarmenelles festivities.

Beaujeu locals approved the wine quality this year. “It’s very good, very fruity, very round, nice in the mouth. It’s perfect for a new Beaujolais,” Claire, a local resident, told AFP on Wednesday night, amid the parades, bands and tastings in Beaujeu.

“It’s like last year, very fruity. With climate change, it’s better from year to year,” confirmed Dominique, another resident of Beaujeu.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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