With 2009 being one of the better vintages of the past half century in Beaujolais, ironically it’s not necessarily a top year for Beaujolais Nouveau, especially if you’ve gotten used to a fruit juice-y style Nouveau. The 2009 Beaujolais wines have more to give, and they’re going to develop for quite a while. Craftmanship makes a difference this year in the Nouveau wines, all of which are low alcohol (12.5%). These days, about one-third of all the wine in Beaujolais is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2009

$9.99 (advance sample)

Not a big fruit-juice wine as in other years. Floral and new strawberries aroma, not very expressive flavors. Clunky tannins crying out for light, salty food.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2009

$10.99 (advance sample)

More of a “real wine” than typical Nouveau. Slight whiff of strawberry over good red fruit aromas. Enjoyable blackberry flavors and balanced tannins.

Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2009

$10.99 (advance sample)

Best feature: screwcap. Reminiscent of powdered cherry jello aroma, tastes like thin cherry wine with a big, hot finish though at 12:5% it’s not a high-alcohol wine.

Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2009

$10 (advance sample)

More like an ageable wine than a Nouveau. Cherry juice aroma with a pleasant touch of floral in the flavor and enjoyable cherry flavors. Good medium body and very nice tannins.

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.

  • Alex

    Nice guide, thanks! I was reading about Beaujolais etc. on France Today, which gave a nice background, but I like this price and taste review too. :)

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